But in reality, every day the PGA of Australia is providing Australians with opportunities to pursue a future in golf.
With a solid background in training and education borne from well over 30 years of experience, the PGA provides multiple channels to pursue a career within both the Australian and international golf industries.
Offering flexible options to suit your needs, all you need is the passion and drive to succeed.
h3. Join the Professional Ranks
No, we're not necessarily talking about getting your Tour card.
Did you know that the PGA's Trainee Program provides a platform to gain varied and valuable training and education within golf, with completion of the program leading to exclusive Membership with one of the oldest and most respected sporting associations in the world, the PGA.
The comprehensive three year course incorporates a Certificate II and III in Sport in addition to a Diploma of Sport Coaching and covers industry specific subject matter, including the highest level of golf coaching accreditation, game development strategies, and small business and management skills.
Throughout the program PGA Trainees work full-time alongside fully qualified PGA Professionals, receiving practical work experience and on the job training at approved golf facilities around Australia. In addition, Trainees gain access and play in a number of professional events for the duration of the program.
Importantly, the postgraduate employment rate is well above average, with 90 per cent of graduates gaining golf industry specific employment in their first year as a Member of the PGA.
Over the years the PGA Trainee Program has produced thousands of PGA Professionals who have gone on to forge successful careers in both Vocational and Tournament areas as Head Professionals, Directors of Golf, Teaching Professionals, Golf Operations Managers and Tournament Professionals.
Greg Norman, John Senden, Nick O'Hern, Peter Lonard and Rod Pampling are all former members of the PGA Trainee Program as are internationally renowned coaches and club professionals, including Charlie Earp, Steve Bann and Ian Triggs.
"Click here":https://www.pga.org.au/article-display/join-the-2015-pga-trainee-program/20000285 to find out more about the Trainee Program.
h3. Are You Management material?
Have you ever considered a career in golf administration or golf club management?
The PGA's external education arm, the PGA International Golf Institute (PGA IGI), prepares its graduates specifically for a career in the business, management and administration side of golf.
The PGA IGI offers a variety of programs and courses in the Vocational Education and Training level. Courses are available through two campuses (Sydney and Gold Coast) with options also available via distance learning.
Current programs and courses include both a Diploma of Golf Management and an Advanced Diploma of Management. In addition, the Diploma level program articulates into a Bachelor of Business, with the PGA IGI having agreements with multiple universities across Australia, thereby providing the opportunity to choose different career pathways within the golf industry and business sectors.
PGA IGI graduates work in a broad cross section of positions including golf club administrators, general managers, as well as sales representatives of leading golf equipment and apparel companies to name a few. Subject to eligibility, following graduation from the combined Diploma/Degree program, individuals may also choose to pursue PGA Membership via a specific one-year PGA program.
"Click here":https://www.pgaigiaustralia.com/ to find out more.
h3. Improving Golf Performance
If you're looking for a high-level and flexible training option to improve your competitive golf game while also preparing you to pursue a career in the sport of golf, the new PGA Golf Performance Program could be for you.
A joint initiative between the PGA and Training and Education Programs Australia (TEPA), the one year program includes a nationally recognised qualification and game improvement strategies for those looking to make their way into the industry.
Located at the home of the PGA at the Sandhurst Club in South-East Melbourne, the program operates from the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance (CL&P), combining the completion of a Diploma of Sport Development with elite-level coaching from the expert team at the CL&P.
The program involves extensive swing analysis via private and group training, and also includes regular access to the technology available in the CL&P such as TrackMan launch monitors, SAM PuttLab and BalanceLab and high speed cameras.
Aside from improved golf performance, program outcomes include direct articulation into University through TEPA's tertiary partners, employment opportunities in the golf industry and preparation for future professional or amateur tournament play.
Subject to eligibility, following graduation from the Golf Performance Program, individuals may also choose to pursue PGA Membership via a specific Trainee Program option.
"Click here":https://www.pgaclp.com.au/golf-performance-program/ to find out more.