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Founded in 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA of America) is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and is made up of more than 28,000 men and women golf professional members. As “the experts in the game and business of golf,” the PGA of America’s undertaking has been to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf.



In February 1916 the Professional Golfers Association was established in New York City. One month earlier, the wealthy department store owner Rodman Wanamaker hosted a luncheon at the Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle. This gathering of Wanamaker and the leading golf professionals of the day prepared the agenda for the formal organization of the PGA in New York City a month later. [1] The organizations first president was Robert White, one of Wykagyl's best known golf professionals of the time. Golf historians have dubbed Wykagyl "The Cradle of the PGA". [2]


The mission of The PGA of America is to promote enjoyment and involvement in golf among the general public, as well as to contribute to the game’s growth by producing services to golf Professionals and the industry. The PGA seeks to accomplish this mission by enhancing the skills of the PGA Professionals and expanding playing opportunities for the general public, employers and manufactures. Through these efforts, The PGA elevates the standards of the PGA Professional’s vocation, enhances the economic well-being of the individuals PGA member, stimulates interest in the game of golf and promotes the overall vitality of the game.

PGA Professionals

Today’s PGA Professionals endure rigorous training, instruction, certification, and over 600 hours of education. The PGA professional is not only a talented teacher and player, but also an expert tournament director, merchandiser, Rules administrator, businessperson, and community leader.

To be elected to membership in The PGA, aspirant golf professionals (apprentices) and students must go through three levels of education courses, written exams, simulation testing, seminars, and pass the PGA Playing Ability Test. These men and women have the option to pursue the PGA Education through self-study, by the use of accredited PGA Golf Management Universities, or through an accelerated PGA Golf Management Program.



The PGA conducts a number of major events including the PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship, PGA Grand Slam of Golf, and the biennial Ryder Cup. The PGA also conducts more than 30 tournaments for its members and apprentices, including the PGA Professional National Championship, PGA Cup, and the TaylorMade-adidas Golf PGA Assistant Professional Championship, among others.

Growth of the Game

In 2003, The PGA of America created the Player Development Department within the Association in an endeavor to reach out to new, past and sporadic adult golfers. This is accomplished through the growth, promotion and support of instructional programs and events at PGA member facilities that support adults and families to play golf and have fun doing so. Included in these programs is Play Golf America, instigated in 2004 with the help of the Allied Associations (LPGA, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA Tour, USGA, and others involved in the annual Golf 20/20 Conference).

PGA Foundation

The PGA Foundation serves as the PGA of America’s philanthropic arm, as it is a charitable, educational, and research organization that was founded in 1954. The Foundation distributes funds to golf instruction and community golf programs, research and education, minority golf programs and junior golf tournaments and events.

PGA Golf Properties

The PGA of America has acquired, created, and developed various facilities, including:

  • PGA Learning Center (Port St. Lucie, Florida)—35-acre golf park featuring a lighted driving range, short game practice area, a Taylormade MAT System, and a three-hole teaching course.
  • PGA Historical Center (Port St. Lucie, Florida)—Museum tells story of PGA of America, holds golf’s four major Championship trophies, and is home to the Probst Library, one the foremost collections of golf periodicals in the world.
  • PGA Education Center (Port St. Lucie, Florida)—Provides cost efficient education programs to serve both PGA members and apprentices.
  • PGA Country Club (Port St. Lucie, Florida)—18 holes of private golf designed by Jim Fazio Sr.
  • Coyote Springs (Las Vegas, Nevada)—a 43,000 acres (17,000 ha) tract of land that hosts a Jack Nicklaus 18-hole course.
  • Cat Island (The Bahamas)—Future home to a new PGA Village.

See also


  1. ^ "Wykagyl, 1898-1998"; Desmond Tollhurst and John Barban;Pages. 28,29,30
  2. ^ "Wykagyl, 1898-1998"; Desmond Tollhurst and John Barban;Pages. 1-2
  • [1] - PGA of America History Media Guide
  • [2]- PGA Village Fact Sheet
  • [3] - PGA of America Fact Sheet
  • [4]- PGA of America History at
  • [5]-PGA History

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