Founded in 1916, the Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA of America) is headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and is the largest working sports organization in the world, with more than 28,000 members. The organization is now primarily a representative body for its club and teaching professionals, both men & women. Another major golf teaching body in America is the United States Golf Teachers Federation.
Professional golf tournaments in the U.S. are run by the PGA Tour, which became independent of the PGA of America in 1968. The United States Golf Association (USGA) runs the amateur golf tournaments, however both professionals and amateurs are allowed to enter the USGA's U.S. Open.
The PGA of America conducts 40 tournaments for its member professionals each year, including events which attract elite tournament golfers:
The PGA of America also operates the PGA Professional National Championship for its club and teaching professionals. This event was established in 1968, following the departure of the tour professionals to the PGA Tour.