About The PGA

Our history

The origin of The Professional Golfers' Association goes back to Victorian times and the work and dedication of three golfing pioneers: JH Taylor, James Braid and Harry Vardon. Their desire was to raise the status of those men who earned their living from playing the game.

Now, with over 8,000 Members in 80 countries across the globe, we are the world’s oldest PGA and partners of the renowned Ryder Cup.

As a distinguished members’ organisation, we educate and train PGA Professionals to degree level. Providing them with the very latest skills which they can employ across all areas of the sport, from golf club management to coaching other golfers.

All of this enables golfers to play better golf, and enjoy world-class facilities at clubs across the UK.

Our history

About The PGA

Role of The PGA

The PGA and PGA Professionals enhance the golfing experience of hundreds of thousands of golfers across the world.

We are a members’ organisation and educate and train PGA Professionals to degree level with the very latest skills and expertise to operate in all areas of golf so golfers can enjoy and play better golf while golf clubs can benefit from the successful management of their facility.

The PGA also plays a prominent role in growing and promoting the game through initiatives with other leading golf bodies. This includes England Golf, Club Golf in Scotland plus similar projects in Ireland and Wales. In addition The PGA and its members feature prominently internationally where the high regard of GB&I PGA Professionals is reflected in 1,500 of our Members being based in over 80 countries.

The History of The PGA

The oldest PGA in world golf, we've been shaping the game since 1901.

How it began

Values of The PGA

Since 1901 The PGA has remained true to core values which are still relevant today.

Our three core values

Our Vision

A strong brand, a bright future and PGA Members at the heart of golf.

Vision of The PGA

Women in Golf

Established in 1978, the WPGA is now a recognised part of the wider PGA.

Growing the Brand

Three small letters that represent the biggest brand in golf.

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Training and Development

Delivered through comprehensive academic and coaching programmes

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Working with the industry

The PGA has been supporting the golf industry over 100 years

Together we're stronger

Achievements and Awards

Recognised throughout the world for golfing knowledge, skills and experience.

Directors and Officials

A full list of the current Chairman, Captain and all Board Members

Directors and officials

Safe Golf

The PGA is a founder member of the SafeGolf Strategy Group.

Latest PGA News

Ryder Cup

The history of The PGA is inextricably linked with the Ryder Cup. It is an involvement as a founding partner of the Ryder Cup that extends from the very first match in 1927 to the present day.

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Our Partners

  • Air IT
  • Banyan Tree
  • The Belfry
  • Coca-Cola
  • EVC
  • FootJoy
  • Gleneagles
  • PING
  • St. James's Place
  • Therabody
  • Titleist