My PSIA dues this year were $90.
My PGA dues as a Class A member were $536. That being said I get a lot for my dollars with the PGA, an employment service and consultants, a small life insurance policy, liability coverage and much more.
The road to PGA membership requires either a 4 year college program at various schools across the country or a multi-stage home/on the job study and training program where you travel three times to Florida for testing that will cost you about $7,000 when it is all said and done. Plus you are required to pass a golf proficiency test is quite challenging.
The PGA programs focus on developing substantial business skills as well as specific golf industry needs-teaching, tournament operations, equipment repair etc, etc.
So it is easy to understand why the PGA model is not easily transferrable to skiing where the employment structure is so different.
The PGA has about 21,000 Class "A" members and 6,000 apprentices (who have a lower dues structure).
Yes, we do a lot to grow the game, a central tenet of our mission: Play Golf America Days, Women's Golf Instruction Days, Junior Golf Instruction Days on and on. The PGA and our sections across the country organize those events while members and apprentices donate our time to conduct them. We support the First Tee program which not only teaches golf skills but life skills to parts of the population that might never have exposure to our game. Obviously the PGA and LPGA Tours help bring interest to the game through weekly TV exposure. This week it is great to see the US Open being played on a municipal facility in San Diego.
Just like many recreation industries we are facing significant challenges; discretionary income is limited and has many competing demands; time is becoming a major issue-a lot of folks can't spare 4 to 5 hours to play 18 holes or even the time for 9 holes in todays over scheduled world.
Far too many course have been built in the past decade, many as subsidized real estate development amentities where the developer walks away at turnover leaving the home owners the operational responsibility unless contracted out. Operational costs are escalating rapidly for fuel and fertilizers.