The PGA Professional Golf Management Program provides world-class training for aspiring golf professionals by offering skill-based training programs that provide state-of-the-art skills and knowledge. Graduates of this program will become outstanding golf professionals who provide exceptional service to their customers, employers, fellow professionals, and the game of golf.
There are numerous career options and exciting career pathways beyond the traditional Head Professional or Teaching Instructor that are available in the golf industry.
There are a few different pathways to pursue and achieve PGA Membership:
Both pathways to PGA Membership require a playing component by the individual, known as the PGA Playing Ability Test (PAT). In order to successfully pass the PAT (a 36-hole playing tournament), an individual must achieve a 36-hole score within 15 shots of the course rating, playing from the middle set of tees.
Membership into this classification is eligible for the current calendar year ONLY.
This classification has been established primarily for the purpose of a one-time option for the calendar year that individual is enrolled in. A Pre-Associate will provide affiliation with the NENY PGA Section ONLY, no privileges or eligibility will be recognized by The PGA of America.
It’s intended purpose to help acclimate an individual with the NENY PGA Section and membership services offered to our members including Education Program, Tournament/Playing Opportunities, networking with other professionals, and assist in progression into registering into the PGA of America’s PGM Program to pursue PGA membership.
A Pre-Associate will be eligible to play in all section events available (cannot compete in member only designated events).
Eligibility to be considered Pre-Associate
* Employed by a NENY PGA Section recognized facility
* Register and compete in a Playing Ability Test in that current year
* Submit application and payment of the Pre-Associate fee of $175 to Section – Print FORM
* Encouraged to take part in Assistant’s events
There are numerous resources available to PGA Associates during this time in their professional career, and then NENY PGA Section’s Employment Committee & Associate Committee both serve at the ready as mentors for all of our PGA Associates (to view Committee listings of members, click here). Please don’t hesitate to contact any Committee Member or Section Staff for assistance.
For other resources at your fingertips as a PGA Associate, including more info on the below you can find those answers HERE.