The Singapore Golf Association was registered on 5 October 1961 by three gentlemen, Mr JW Stogdon, then the President of the Royal Singapore Golf Club, Mr CY Koh and Mr Joseph Quah, with the objective of encouraging and promoting the game of golf in Singapore.
Its members were the Royal Singapore Golf Club and the Island Club (which later merged to form the Singapore Island Country Club), Keppel Club, Changi Golf Club and former military golf clubs Tengah Golf Club and Seletar Golf Club. It held its first AGM on 11 May 1962 at the Island Club with Mr JW Stogdon installed as its first president.
SGA is a member of the International Golf Federation, Asia Pacific Golf Confederation and ASEAN Golf Federation. As the governing body of golf, it is also an Affiliate Member of the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore National Olympic Council.