Sistas On The Links


Recognizing that women in general and African American women more specifically have limited exposure to the game of golf, a group of African American women gathered in Richmond, CA, on July 12, 2008, and formed Sistas on the Links Golf Club (SOTL).

Since its inception, the group’s mission has been to unite and expose Black women and girls to golf. Under the leadership of its Founder and President, Janet Johnson, SOTL continues its journey to create a safe and accepting space for Black women to have fun, bond, and create lasting relationships through golf. We are educators and police officers, fire service professionals, nurses, photographers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and retirees. We are Sistas!


  • Unite and expose African American women and girls to golf
  • Provide opportunities to play in an environment of encouragement and acceptance
  • Strengthen golf skills
  • Support each member in reaching her golf goals through networking, mentoring, and social activities
  • Introduce golf to young women and girls and nurture their growth

Our Focus

SOTL is a 100+ member women’s golf club headquartered in the Bay Area, we focus on:

Introducing Black women to the game of golf and supporting their learning experience

Helping women feel comfortable on the golf course, including playing the game, the language, rules and etiquette

Providing access to organized, convenient golf in a friendly learning environment.

Offering organized golf events and player development opportunities for both beginner and experienced golfers

Supporting youth golf development programs

Serving as a member resource for upcoming classes, clinics, golf clothing and equipment

Participating in golf tournament play and other activities with member clubs

Hosting 9-hole play dates where experienced golfers pair with new golfers on the course

Hosting an annual membership meeting and dinner to acknowledge members accomplishments and growth in their golf experience.

Hosting an annual golfer’s swap-meet to barter gently used golf equipment and clothing among members.

Member WSGA

In 2009 SOTL became a member club of Western States Golf Association (WSGA) to share resources and access to handicap reporting systems. Western States Golf Association (WSGA), a 65-year old African American golf association operating primarily in the Western United States with over 27 local clubs forming its membership.

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