The PGA Professional exists to promote excellence in the delivery of professional services to the golfers of New Zealand.


The Professional Golfers' Association (PGA) is dedicated to promoting the game of golf and enhancing the standards of the profession. In Particular the PGA aspires to;

  • Promote and enhance the status of the PGA Professional
  • Assist members to attain and maintain qualifications in teaching and related services of the highest possible standard
  • Provide world class training and qualification programmes for Club Professionals
  • Promote professional tournaments and competitions
PGA Professionals more than just Champion Golfers - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTGGVaZu1as&feature=youtu.be 

PGA Motto 

  • "Non Nobis Solum" "Not for ourselves alone"

PGA Vision

  • The PGA seeks to be recognised by its members and peers as a world class organisation that looks after its members interests and activities and actively participates in the development of the game of golf at all levels.

PGA Mission

  • Enhance golf; by delivering best practice programmes and services that assist to educate and develop its members and make the game better for all.  Putting it another way, helping more people play more golf, better.

PGA Values

  • Member Focused
  • Passion
  • Professional
  • Trustworthy
  • Uphold the values of the game

Background Information

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) at Remuera Golf Club.

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.

Patron - Sir Bob Charles

Com 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.

PGA Life Members 

Allan MacKay               Michael Campbell          Frank Nobilo            Sir Bob Charles     Geoff Smart     
Gillian Bannan             Dennis Clark                   Terry Kelso               Richard Ellis          John Lister        Bob McDonald 


Dennis Clark
PGA Member                         
Com Newell
Tony Nowell CNZM
Board Member
Craig Palmer
Head Professional
The Hills Golf Club, Queenstown
Board Member
Hamish Campbell                       
Club Professional
Palmerston North Golf Club, Manawatu
Board Member
Andrew Whiley
AAA PGA Member
Independent Board Member
Michael Glading                         
Independent Board Member
Phil Ellison                         
Tour Player Representative
Brad Shilton                         
Board Member
Aiden Berry                           
PGA General Manager Pegasus Golf & Sports Club