Today, there are nearly 18,000 golf facilities with approximately 60% employing PGA members. Seventy-seven (77%) percent of all golf courses with 18 or more holes have a PGA member.
There are over 18,000 PGA Members currently active in the golf business and approximately 8,000 Associates working toward eligible PGA membership. This equates to a considerable amount of competition for each and every job in the golf industry.
There are three pathways that lead to PGA membership — the PGA Professional Golf Management Program, the PGA Golf Management University Program and a test-out option for current and former LPGA members.
While the associate and university programs differ in significant ways, both pathways require completion of the same PGA PGM curriculum, work experience, PGA Playing Ability Test, and employment or internship requirements.
The courses cover content and activities every PGA Member should know and be able to demonstrate when they enter the profession.
The Reciprocity test-out option is available for either current or former LPGA Class A Tour Player members or current LPGA Class A Teaching and Club Professional division members only.
Please learn more about each program at pga.org
In order to become a PGA Member, you’ll first need to become a registered Associate and go through the PGA Professional Golf Management (PGA PGM) Program.
To register into the PGA PGM Program, you must:
We know this may seem like a lot of information so we would be happy to talk with you any time to help you learn more.
Jeff Johnson, PGA
Chief Financial/Membership Officer