Six Reasons To Become A PGA Professional
Follow your dream of playing golf for a living – with an insurance policy
Gain an internationally recognised passport into the golf industry and become the go-to expert on all aspects of the game
Learn how to run a golf retail business
Learn how to coach the game
Learn how to run a golf club
Our Members are using their qualifications in over 80 different job roles
Follow Your Dream And Play Golf For A Living
As a playing PGA Member, you are a positive role model and ambassador for The PGA. Playing records are not the only measure of success – further responsibilities may include media duties or working within the community to grow the game.
Should you subsequently decide on a career away from tournament golf, your PGA qualification will mean you can still spend your working life immersed in the game of golf. There are many different career options open to you, from retail, coaching and golf management to custom fitting, golf course architecture and refereeing.
Your career will last five decades or more – why not spend it doing something you enjoy?
Gain A Passport Into The Global Golf Industry
Golf is a global game played in every corner of the world. Your qualification from The PGA is a resounding stamp of golfing credibility to prospective employers.
Whether you choose to follow a career in retail, coaching, golf management, technology, golf course architecture or refereeing (to name just a few pathways), a PGA qualification shows the calibre of your candidature and is an immediate indication of knowledge, skill and expertise.
Wherever you are in the world, a PGA qualification is a passport to a rewarding career in golf.
Learn How To Run A Golf Retail Business
Running a golf retail business requires a wide range of skills and the management of services, products, facilities and people. Knowledgeable retailers are able to understand not only selling techniques but also disciplines such as marketing and customer service. They can recommend the best products for their customers’ needs and can skilfully balance the demands of both the customer and the supplier.
Perhaps you could become a highly skilled club fitter who builds, repairs and customises golf equipment. Or you could specialise in IT or financial management. Broad entrepreneurial skill sets are a must for the next generation of golf retailers.
Learn How To Be A Golf Coach
In what other line of work can you start the day by putting your golf shoes on?
A PGA Coach needs to understand a wide range of issues relating to the coaching process, including the biomechanics of the golf swing, psychology, fitness, equipment and nutrition. It is not enough just to have strong technical knowledge – the best coaches are also great listeners, patient and able to build relationships with each and every student, regardless of ability.
There are PGA Professionals coaching in every part of the world where golf is played – which is over 80 countries. A career as a golf coach really can take you anywhere.
Learn How To Run A Golf Club
No two days are the same as a golf club manager – this is a role that requires a wide range of skills and knowledge.
You will have ultimate responsibility for the success of your club and will need to operate at both a tactical and strategic level, managing and continuously developing all aspects of the business from greenkeeping to food and beverage, and from retail to finance. Strong interpersonal and communication skills are vital to build relationships with both staff and customers.
Some club managers relish the stability and the chance to make a mark on a single club, while others take their skills with them around the world.
Where Could Your Career Take You?
Our students go on to use their qualifications in over 80 different job roles worldwide.
They include: Golf Club Managers; Club Professionals; Custom Fitters; Coaches; Business Owners; Operations Managers; Tour Players; Sales Professionals; Architects; Referees; Marketeers; Journalists.