|The PGA of Australia was founded in September 1911 following the Australian Open held at Royal Sydney Golf Club 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.|
The PGA of Australia is the second oldest PGA in the world, comprised of more than 2,500 dedicated men and women promoting the game of golf to everyone, everywhere. 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.
Through the PGA’s two different streams of membership, Tournament and Vocational, the PGA delivers an extensive service to the golf industry, promoting the elite players through professional tournaments while promoting mass participation and learning through coaching and golf club membership and events.
PGA Professionals (Vocational), 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 PGA Traineeship has evolved since the PGA’s inception to be one of the worlds’ most recognised training programs. Not only do PGA Members undertake a comprehensive three year course, they also continue their development through the Professional Development Program delivered by the PGA of Australia.
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.
The PGA of Australia is the official sanctioning body for all elite male professional tournament golf in Australasia, and 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 tournament schedule includes three Major events – the Australian Open, the Masters and the Australian PGA Championship. The Tour also includes 8 to 10 state based events annually including State PGA Championships and Open’s, and the newly developed Surf Coast Knockout which is a world first in Professional Golf.
The PGA of Australia has produced such world beaters the likes of Kel Nagle, Peter Thomson, Jack Newton, Greg Norman, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy, Adam Scott and Jason Day.
In December 2008 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.
In 2009, the PGA of Australia teamed up with the China Golf Association and Korean PGA to develop a new tour - OneAsia. The mission of OneAsia is to provide the region’s best players with an alternative pathway to the US PGA and European Tours, thus retaining the best golfing talent in the region without compromising their development.
The last 100 years for the PGA of Australia has seen enormous growth and development, both commercially and in opportunities for Professionals. Whether it be in developing player pathways or career opportunities the PGA will continue to develop the industry and the association over the next 100 years and beyond.