With the continued inclusion of golf in the Olympics, experts are hopeful that the game will gain eager new fans and participants around the world. Since the announcement in 2009 of golf returning to the Olympics, the number of golf federations in the world has increased from 115 to 149.
In 2017, the PGA of America partnered with the International Golf Federation (IGF) and other global golf governing bodies to pilot its first technical course for coaches in Colombia. The organizations worked together to assess the current status of golf in Colombia and to develop a training program. The program helped current Colombian golf professionals enhance their ability to work with players and other professionals around the country. This unprecedented course was provided by PGA Professionals and was well-received by the 44 golf coaches in Colombia, exceeding their expectations. It is expected that this course will have a lasting impact on the development of the game in Colombia, as these coaches will continue to share what they’ve learned from this training around the country. This successful pilot in Colombia will be expanded to other markets around the globe.