Did you know that more Canadians participate in golf than any other sport? 5.7 million Canadian golfers play over 60 million rounds of golf annually. Golf is especially popular with middle-aged and older Canadians.
Canadian physical activity guidelines recommend adults over 18 should accumulate at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous aerobic physical activity per week in bouts of at least 10 minutes.
Many people assume golf is a leisure activity and that golfers do not reach a high enough level of intensity to be counted toward their weekly activity goals. However, although not as intense as some sports, a golfer who walks a 9 or 18 hole course expends enough energy to classify golf in the moderate intensity group, meeting the physical activity guidelines.
Walking 18 holes carrying or pushing your clubs takes around four hours, requires 11,000 to 17,000 steps, covers 4-8 miles and expends 500 to 2,400 calories. If you add in a few hills, take more strokes, cover more ground between shots or are a little less fit, the numbers are more likely to be in the higher ranges. Using a cart decreases the overall numbers by 50% but it’s still better than sitting at home.
Registration for our 2019 Playing Ability Tests will officially open on April 15th for all PAT events on our schedule. If you know anyone who is interested in joining the Association and becoming a Golf Professional please share the below link with them. It is crucial to try and recruit as many new members as we can to help sustain the Association’s long term goals and visions.
We hope everyone is excited for the 2019 PGA of Alberta tournament season! Our first tournament opens for registration today at 10am which is the Henderson Lake GC Golf Supply House Series on May 6th. Be sure to read the below information so you are aware of all tournament registration policies for this season.
Registration Process Members will now register for tournaments 28-days prior to the event date and not all at once for the entire season. The reason for changing the registration process is to reduce the amount of withdrawals we see leading up to events as well as minimize the number of waitlists.
Payment Payment will now be required at the time of registration and members will still have the ability to withdraw 2-weeks before the event with no penalty. After the 2-week mark, a withdrawal penalty will be incurred. If a member withdraws after the draw has been posted (Thursday of the week prior to event), they will forfeit their entire entry fee.
Withdrawal Penalty The withdrawal fee has been increased to $50 this year. This increase is to further discourage members from signing up for events they are unsure they will play in. Please note the Withdrawal Deadline date on the tournament page.
If you have not submitted the 2019 Tournament Eligibility Form already, please do so by clicking here.
Hole-In-One Insurance Program Now Open!
The PGA of Alberta is excited to launch the 2019 Hole-In-One Program. Once again, the PGA of Alberta is working in conjunction with Foster Park Brokers (FPB) to provide all Members and Non-Members with the opportunity to purchase Hole-In-One Insurance for your corporate, charity, and club events for the 2019 golf season!
Benefits of purchasing HIO Insurance through PGA of Alberta
Competitive industry rates
Easy to purchase online
Purchase for one event or for an entire season worth of events at once!
Supporting the Association
This program provides members with preferred pricing on prize limits ranging from $500 to $50,000. FPB is also able to accommodate prize limits up to $1,000,000 outside of the program. Coverage can be purchased on the PGA of Alberta website by logging in to your member profile and selecting ‘My Hole In One’. Step-by-step instructions will guide you through the easy purchasing process. It’s as simple as that!