About the PGA Institute

The PGA Institute offers education, combining business, golf training, hospitality and sport as well as practical golf skills to prepare you for a career in the golf industry. Whether you are interested in a career in golf, golf management, sport and business then the PGA Institute courses will assist you in getting there.

The PGA Institute prepares its graduates for a career in the business and management of golf as an industry. Owned by the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Australia, the PGA Institute now has an articulation agreement with Griffith University, Deakin University and Holmesglen Tafe. These provide the diversity for students to choose different career pathways and offer opportunities for elite athletes, coaches and administrators in the golf industry and related business sectors.

Our training programs are highly regarded within the industry, and are increasingly recognised as the best in the business. We regularly liaise with golf industry experts to ensure that our curriculum and golf training provides the skills and learning outcomes that make our graduates employable. The main benefit for all employers is that our graduates become an asset to the golf industry.

PGA Institute training facilitates a number of golf careers including opening doors to the PGA Member Pathway Program, Tour School, University, or Industry positions.

There are many benefits to the PGA Institute. All programs complement each other – ensuring you are able to move into more advanced training if you choose. Program fees are all inclusive – including full club membership, driving range access, competition fees, uniforms and reading texts.

About our Parent Company – PGA of Australia

The PGA Institute is a wholly owned subsidiary of the PGA of Australia. The PGA of Australia’s core aim is to help more Australians enjoy golf more often whether teaching golf or managing. In doing so, the PGA aims to deliver more business opportunities to its Members who are club professionals, accredited golf coaches and tournament professionals enjoying strong golf careers.

Each year the PGA stages over 430 tournaments ranging from the PGA Championship through to the state based Pro-Am circuits which take professional golf to the masses.

Grass roots events such as the Scramble help to fulfil our charter with over 37,000 people playing this event each year in over 460 qualifying events nationwide.

Central to all PGA activities are its members. PGA Professionals are the public face of the PGA and provide direct access to over 1.3 million golfers who take to the fairways each year. It is through its Members that the PGA of Australia is able to deliver measurable returns to its corporate partners and continues to invest in growing the game of golf in Australia and beyond.

History of the PGA of Australia

Founded in 1911, The PGA of Australia is the second oldest PGA in the world, comprised of more than 2,000 dedicated men and women promoting the game of golf to everyone, everywhere. The PGA of Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that promotes the game of golf while continuing to grow the standards of the golfing profession

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 strong international contenders with the likes of Kel Nagle, Peter Thomson, Jack Newton, Greg Norman, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby, Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott amongst its elite. PGA Professionals, who are expert golf instructors, skilled business persons and community leaders, are the backbone of The PGA of Australia. Through comprehensive study and golf training in a variety of disciplines, PGA Professionals are uniquely qualified to teach the game and excel in golf operations management. 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 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.

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