History of the PGA
History of the PGA
History of the PGA Body Text
We are a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession.
The PGA of Australia has a membership that comprises all Australian professional golfers and includes tournament professionals, club professionals, assistant professionals, teaching professionals, senior professionals and trainees. The PGA’s core aim is to help more Australians enjoy golf more often. In doing so, the PGA aims to deliver more business opportunities to its members.
Each year the PGA of Australia stages over 430 tournaments from the Australian PGA Championship to the state based Pro-Am circuits that take professional golf to the masses. The PGA of Australia is the official sanctioning body for all elite male professional tournament golf in Australasia and has produced such world beaters the likes of Kel Nagle, Peter Thomson, Jack Newton, Greg Norman, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott.
PGA Professionals, who are expert instructors, skilled businesspersons and community leaders, are the backbone of The PGA of Australia. Through comprehensive study and training in a variety of disciplines, PGA Professionals are uniquely qualified to teach the game and conduct the business of golf. As a result, PGA Professionals enhance the enjoyment and overall experience for the more than 1.4 million golfers in Australia.
The Association’s origins date back to 1911, when a group of ex-patriot Scottish golf professionals formed a national organisation which would promote the game of golf and help elevate the vocation of the golf professional.
Since 1911, The PGA of Australia has established new standards of excellence by expanding educational opportunities, programs and services for its members. At the same time, the Association stands firm and continues to flourish on the principles that were set down by its founders.
In December 2007 an historical landmark on the Australian Golf Landscape was realised when the PGA of Australia and the PGA Tour of Australasia amalgamated. The new organisation was called the “Professional Golfers Association of Australia Limited”. The PGA Tour of Australasia brand name continues to be used for the elite Australasian Tour.
To find out more about the history of golf and the PGA in Australia, please visit the Australian Golf Heritage Society website at www.australiangolfheritage.org.au which includes information on the Australian Golf Museum in Sydney.