The leading authority in golf club management, dedicated to delivering progressive, industry specific education programmes and networking opportunities, whilst offering high quality personal services and support for the development of its membership of over 1,800. Through a comprehensive programme of professional support the GCMA helps the development of golf clubs and ensures golf club managers and secretaries fulfil their potential.
The first meeting of the Association was held at Cuddington Golf Club, Surrey in July 1933. When following a round of golf the formation of the Golf Club Secretaries Association was agreed. In time the name changed to the Association of Golf Club Secretaries, which is how it stayed until March 2007 when a ballot to decide the proposal for the Association to change its name to Golf Club Managers’ Association (GCMA) was approved at the Annual General Meeting.
The GCMA currently supports club managers and secretaries, and their clubs, through a network that incorporates a national head office in Bristol and 16 regions spread throughout the UK. They provide a series of introductory training programmes and networking opportunities to support the development of golf clubs, managers and secretaries.
The PGA was founded in 1901 following a letter from a North Wales professional, in Golf Illustrated, that triggered the idea of a Professional Golfers’ Association – advocating that professionals needed to come together to protect their interests. A list of illustrious members include the Great Triumvirate of Harry Vardon, James Braid and J.H. Taylor, while current members include Ryder Cup legend Ian Poulter and 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie. The PGA is a members organisation who educate and train PGA Professionals to degree level with the very latest skills and expertise to operate in all areas of golf.
The PGA plays a prominent role in growing and promoting the game through initiatives with other leading golf bodies. This includes England Golf, Club Golf in Scotland plus similar projects in Ireland and Wales. In addition the PGA and its members feature prominently overseas where the high regard of GB&I PGA professionals are reflected in that 1,500 of their members are based in 70 plus countries.
BIGGA was created in January 1987 due to an amalgamation of the British Golf Greenkeepers Association, The English and International Golf Greenkeepers Association and The Scottish and International Golf Greenkeepers Association. Today BIGGA has around 6,000 greenkeepers and turf professionals as members, and membership is available on an annual basis.
BIGGA divides the UK into five Regions: Northern, Midland, South East, South West & South Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Each region is then divided into sections of which there are currently 26, each with its own committee responsible for organising events for section members and administration on behalf of the Association.
Its mission statement is: ‘BIGGA is dedicated to the continuing professional development of its members, and in serving their needs will strive through education and training for standards of excellence in golf course management throughout the greenkeeping profession’.
ASQ is an approved and regulated awarding organisation providing a qualification awarding service to National Governing Bodies of sport or recognised Lead Bodies within the sport and leisure industry.
SFEDI is a UK government recognised standards setting body for Business Enterprise and Business Support. They research, write and review the National Occupational Standards for those either starting or running a small business. The standards have been developed based on extensive research and consultation with small businesses and practitioners.