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PGA of America

Founded in 1916 and with more than 27,000 members across 41 geographic sections, The PGA (Professional Golfers’ Association) of America claims the title as the world’s largest working sports organization.

The PGA of America, with headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (not to be confused with the PGA Tour [an organization comprised of golfers who compete in golf tournaments professionally]) conducts four major golf events including the Ryder Cup Matches, The PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf.

Invitational tournaments

The concept of invitational tournaments plays a critical role in making tennis and golf more interesting for the club’s sports minded members. A planned invitational tournament instills excitement into the club’s sports minded members by creating an atmosphere of social bonding and competitive spirit. Of course, the downside of conducting a tournament is that the sports facility in question is closed to regular membership play until the tournament is over.

Golf tournaments

The game of golf is a primary attractor of the sports minded golf enthusiast. As such, private club managers should ensure that their golf offerings stimulate excitement, competitiveness, and social bonding for their golf members. In order to accomplish these outcomes, the following tournaments have proven to be very successful. This listing should not be taken to be totally inclusive of all possible golf tournament types, instead club management should poll their golf members to determine which tournaments would be the biggest draws.

Golf programs

The general belief is that the golf course is the primary attraction for the typical private club member. Granted there are other members who do not seek out a golf experience, however, most research conducted attests to the fact that golf is the central focus for many clubs.

Golf professional classifications

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America offers the following membership classifications.

Master Professional

Members of the association, who met all requirements prescribed by the Board of Directors for this classification, from 1972 to 1996.


Members of the association who own/operate or supervise/direct a golf shop at a recognized golf club/course and engage in or supervise the teaching of golf at such facility.