The PGA of New Zealand was founded by twelve Golf Professionals in 1913, and is one of the oldest such Associations in the world. Today the PGA has 410 members , of whom some 33 are Trainees, and provides professional services to around one hundred of New Zealand's 400 clubs and courses.
The PGA's office is situated in Auckland, and is co-located with New Zealand Golf (Inc) in Takapuna on the North Shore.
The PGA is responsible for delivering professional teaching services to golfers at all levels, from junior to senior, amateur and professional, men and women. The PGA Academy of Golf manages educational programmes for both trainees and qualified professionals. The Trainee Programme is a three year course, while Seminars and clinics afford all members the opportunity to meet and learn from world class experts in teaching, marketing and other spheres of the professional golf scene.
The PGA also runs tournaments and events designed to provide its members with competitive playing opportunities and pathways onto the major golfing tours of the world. Events run under the PGA Order of Merit allow for successful players to gain playing rights in Australia and beyond.
The PGA Championship of New Zealand provides a major championship stepping stone for PGA members onto the Australasian or US Nationwide Tours.
Since 1913, the PGA of New Zealand has established new standards of excellence by expanding educational opportunties, programmes and services for its members. At the same time, the Association stands firm and continues to flourish on the principles that were set down by its founders.
Sir Bob Charles
One of New Zealand's greatest Professional golfers and supporter of Golf in New Zealand.
Won his first New Zealand Open title at the age of 18 as an amateur in 1954 and went on to claim the first major title held by a New Zealander, The Open Championship in 1963. Three-time winner of the New Zealand PGA Championship and a top-30 All-Time-Money winner on the USPGA Tour.