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As Golf continues to surge, why the PGTAA is considered the premier golf teacher certification organization the best in the world to continue to produce golf instructors second to none

The popularity of golf continues to increase. As reported by the National Golf Foundation, 123 million people played, watched, read, or listened to the game in one way or another in 2023—more than a third of America’s population, five years of age and up. That’s a 30-percent increase from the 2016 total. Even more impressive, a record 3.4 million people tried golf on a course for the first time last year.

During the last 4 years, there has been a steady increase in the number of rounds of golf played in the United States, with more than 500 million rounds being played every year. In 2023, this record was broken, with a total of 531 million rounds, beating the previous record of 529 million rounds in 2021. At the end of 2023, the United States had almost 16,000 golf courses and over 14,000 golf facilities, more than the number of Starbucks or McDonald's in the entire country, as pointed out by the National Golf Foundation.

In its 27th year, the PGTAA stands as a respected figure in the world of golf instruction. This achievement is a testament to the relentless efforts of founder and President Dr. Barry Lotz, a legacy upheld by the committed PGTAA team, highlighting the caliber of membership within the organization.

The Professional Golf Teachers Association of America (PGTAA) is considered the premier golf teacher certification organization for several reasons:

Focus on Teaching: The PGTAA has a single mission - to teach individuals how to teach golf effectively, making it stand out as a specialized institution solely dedicated to golf instruction

Quality Curriculum: The PGTAA offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to enhance teaching and marketing skills, ensuring that graduates are well-equipped to excel as golf instructors

Inclusive Membership: Unlike the PGA, the PGTAA admits individuals from all over the world, regardless of their country of origin or residence, making it accessible to a diverse range of aspiring golf instructors

Recognition and Accreditation: The PGTAA certification is widely recognized and accepted globally, opening doors to opportunities in golf instruction and providing credibility to its certified teachers

Success Stories: Graduates of the PGTAA have gone on to manage professional country clubs, public golf courses, and golf schools, showcasing the effectiveness of the training provided by the association. Visit to see how well the PGTAA’s program has worked for graduates of the course.

Training Options: The PGTAA offers flexible training options such as a Home Study Course and an optional On-Site Course, catering to different learning preferences and needs.

In summary, the PGTAA's specialized focus on teaching, quality curriculum, inclusive membership policy, global recognition, success stories of its graduates, and flexible training options contribute to its reputation as the premier golf teacher certification organization in the world.

To contact the PGTAA: , , or call me directly - Dr. Barry Lotz at 760-335-0600.