PGA Prepares To Launch New Membership Categories As Part Of 2020 Vision

The PGA is evolving with its 2020 Vision, featuring new membership categories for professionals, workers in the golf industry and volunteers....

PGA Prepares To Launch New Membership Categories As Part Of 2020 Vision
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The PGA is evolving with its 2020 Vision, featuring new membership categories for professionals, workers in the golf industry and volunteers....

PGA Prepares To Launch New Membership Categories As Part Of 2020 Vision

The Professional Golfers' Association is set to announce three new defined categories of membership following 18 months of consultation and planning.

It's all part of the organisation's 2020 Vision (opens in new tab), which sees the largest structural change in its 119-year history as the PGA looks to secure itself for the future.

Previously a PGA Pro was just that, a PGA Pro, however members of the organisation will now be able to select a specialist role that better reflects their expertise and day-to-day roles.

There are so many day-to-day roles of the modern PGA Pro from things like running the retail business, working as a director of golf, teaching clients and competing, so these new categories will allow each pro to be recognised in the way that most suits their expertise and daily life.

The three new roles are:

  • PGA Professional
  • PGA Coach
  • PGA Manager

These roles have been created after feedback from PGA Pros who wanted their areas of specialism represented so they could differentiate themselves from their peers.

They have also been designed to help PGA Pros occupy a more valued position in their clubs and ensure that their skills, status and reputation are recognised in the wider golf business.

The new individual categories are said to "reflect the diverse roles fulfilled by PGA Professionals around the world and enable them to more accurately demonstrate their skills and influence."

On top of these three roles, the PGA is also to create two new industry Membership groups as part of its 2020 Vision - the Business Management Group and Club Volunteer by PGA.

These two roles are open to anyone employed in the golf industry or working as a volunteer.

They'll be offering up world-class support, education and networking services for those involved with the game.

The Business Management Group is about helping to support and develop the workforce of golf, whether employed in golf clubs, hotels, travel, operations, retail, equipment or any other golf business sectors.

It is designed to give all of the people who make golf business happen the opportunity to join a professional body and be a part of what aims to become the leading industry network for knowledge sharing, networking and career development.

With the creation of a Club Volunteer category – aimed at those who support the running of golf clubs in the way that Governors contribute to schools - The PGA will provide specialist training and guidance, enabling volunteers to update skills, offer more to their club and align goals and aspirations with the professional workforce.

“This is one of the most significant moments in the 119-year history of The PGA,” said Robert Maxfield, Chief Executive of The PGA.

“We recognise that the golf industry and the way golf clubs are operated has changed.

"That’s why we’ve spent the last 18 months working hard to evolve our Membership structure so that our Members – and us as an organisation – remain relevant to golf in the 21st century.

“The PGA in 2020 needs to represent a very different model to that of The PGA of the last 20 years.

"By enabling present and future Members to specialise and develop further in their chosen areas, we are recognising and championing their expertise.

"By bringing all those who work and volunteer in golf under the umbrella of The PGA, we’re positioning ourselves at the heart of the game for years to come.

"With the 2020 Vision we will be a membership of professionals across the business of golf rather than a membership of professional golfers.”

Applications for the new categories and membership groups are now being accepted. Interested applicants can find out more and register interest now (opens in new tab).

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x