It is the goal of the PGA of Alberta along with the Education Committee to support our Members with continued educational initiatives to assist them with the provision of superior instruction, club management and promotion of the game to ensure the most relevant Industry information is available to them at all times.

The PGA of Alberta is dedicated to providing Apprentice Professionals and Class A Members with opportunities to better themselves as golf professionals. As a Member, you have access to a tremendous body of world class education through our Professional Development Series, Spring Seminar, and Buying Show Education Series.

The 2020 Spring Seminar presented by E-Z-GO will be held March 2nd & 3rd at The Derrick G&WC in Edmonton. All food and beverage throughout the duration of the Seminar will be provided by Gordon Food Service. The Cocktail Reception presented by Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers will be held after day one of the Seminar. The Education Committee has diligently worked through proposals received from various speakers on relevant industry topics and are looking forward to this year’s line-up. Mark these dates in your calendar now, we hope you plan on attending this annual kick-off to the golf season!

Click the link below to be directed to the following:

Confirmed Speakers


     > Michael Breed - Host of "A New Breed of Golf" on Sirius XM PGA Tour Radio, Chief Digital Instructor for Golf Digest 

     > Matt Ginella - Golf Advisor’s Editor-at-Large & Host of Golf Advisor Round Trip travel series on Golf Channel

     > Nick Clearwater - Vice President of Instruction for GOLFTEC

     > Gia Bocra Liwski - Founder of Golf Experiences For Her, LPGA Top 50 Instructor and Golf Digest’s Best Young Teachers in America

     > Jason Glass - Owns and operates Tour Performance Lab and Kinetica Golf Performance, Consultant for many teams and professional athletes from PGA Tour, NFL and NHL, Head of the Titleist Performance Institutes Fitness Advisory Board

     > Darren Lexa - Customer Solutions Specialist at Gordon Food Service

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> Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre Edmonton South
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Additional Education

The Education Committee is happy to announce that there will be 3 additional Education Events ran on the sidelines of the Spring Seminar this year!  We will be partnering with Alberta Golf who will  be providing a certification seminar on the new World Handicap System. Jason Glass will be doing a practical hands-on live evaluation session which will be possible to attend as either a participant or as an observer at a reduced rate.  Last but not least, we are excited to have Nick Clearwater of GOLFTEC who will be running a live instruction seminar with the ability to attend and receive instruction or just observe at a reduced rate.   


Spring Seminar Sponsors


Cocktail Reception presented by:


The Professional Development Series have been designed by the PGA of Alberta Education Committee to assist Members in all Membership categories gain the knowledge they need to perform their duties at the Golf Club. 

This year’s Series topics have been pinpointed by the Education Committee as skills that are necessary in order to lead any Golf Professional down a path of success in the industry, no matter what your career aspirations – Teacher, Head Professional, General Manager, etc.

See below for a look at what our 2019 Arizona Teaching Summit was all about.

A newly formed Education Committee - PD Series Subcommittee is diligently planning and working at our options for 2020 PD Series events that are safe in respect to the Covid-19 Pandemic and still appealing, fun & full of educational value for our Members. Stay tuned for further updates! 

2019 Arizona Teaching Summit

The PGA of Alberta’s Education Committee is proud to present the third annual winter “Teaching Summit” hosted in the Arizona area. This 3-day educational event will give a select group of PGA of Alberta members (16 participant’s max.) a chance to observe and participate in interactive lessons with three of the most sought-after instructors in North America – Pia Nilsson, Lynn Marriott (Vision54) and Gabriel Hjertstedt (Gabe Golf). 

During the 8-hours of instruction each day, participants will take a 60-minute lesson to work on their own game as well as develop their coaching skills by observing the other participants take their lessons; always with the ability to ask questions in real time to both student and teacher. The combined cost of taking a single lesson with each instructor would normally cost in excess of $1000 CAD but PGA of Alberta members will have access to16 hours of instruction at a fraction of that cost. Full details of the PGA of Alberta “Arizona Teaching Summit” and biographies of the both instructors can be found below.

Immediately following this one of a kind golf experience is the PGA of Canada Head Professional Championship at The Wigwam from December 3-6. We encourage all attendees to extend your trip and support our local Head Professionals competing in the tournament.

*Groups have now been set, please refer below to see which Group you are in!



GROUP A DETAILS (8 people total)

Date: Saturday, November 30th 

Location: TPC Scottsdale

Time: 8am - 5pm with a 1 hr lunch break (lunch not included)

Group A will enjoy a full day of instruction with Gabe Hjertstedt @ TPC Scottsdale. 

Sunday, December 1st

Tee-times location and time TBA

Group A will enjoy a round at an exclusive local area course. 

Monday, December 2nd

Talking Stick

9am – 4pm with a 1 hr lunch break
(lunch not included)

All 16 participants (Groups A & B) will attend a full day of instruction with Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott (Vision54) @ Talking Stick.

December 3rd-6th

The Gold Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield, Ariz., hosts the PGA of Canada Head Professional Championship Dec. 3-6.

Cost per person

$700 (limited to 8 participants)

GROUP B DETAILS (8 people total)

Date: Saturday, November 30th

Location: TBA

Time: TBA

Group B will enjoy a round at an exclusive local area course.

Sunday, December 1st

8am – 5pm with a 1 hour lunch break (lunch not included)

Group B will enjoy a full day of instruction with Gabe Hjertstedt @ TPC Scottsdale. 

Monday, December 2nd

Talking Stick

9am – 4pm with a 1 hr lunch break
(lunch not included)

All 16 participants (Groups A & B) will attend a full day of instruction with Pia Nilsson and Lynn Marriott (Vision54) @ Talking Stick.

December 3rd-6th

The Gold Course at The Wigwam in Litchfield, Ariz., hosts the PGA of Canada Head Professional Championship Dec. 3-6.

Cost per person

$700 (limited to 8 participants)

Withdrawal Policy:

Due to the fact this event costs $700/person and requires additional airfare and accommodation expenses for all attendees, we will be automatically charging everyone registered the full $700 thirty-five (35) days prior to the event. Everyone will be charged in full on October 25th.

Anyone who withdraws after they are charged on October 25th will be refunded 50% of their entry fee. If you are to withdraw after November 15th, you will lose your entire entry fee.

Biography: Gabriel Hjertstedt


Biography:  Pia Nilsson & Lynn Marriott of VISION54


*Please note that you are required to coordinate your own flights and accommodation’s for the trip. We suggest arriving Friday, November 29 to give yourself enough time to get settled in.

*All attendees will receive an email closer to the date of the Teaching Summit that will breakdown which group you are in (either group A or B) and your tee-times on November 30th or December 1st at a TBA exclusive local area course. The round of golf is included in the rate above, however, you are expected to pay for a caddy which is roughly $ 90-100.00 USD (tip included in sum). This can be paid at the course.

If you have any requests to be paired in a group with anyone please let Aaron McKay know upon completion of registration - [email protected]

2019 Buying Show Education Series Seminars

The Body/Swing Connection - The role of joint mobility in the golf swing

Join Golf Fitness, Performance Expert and founder of Dynamic Motion Golf Performance Center, Shannon Heffernan who will be conducting an educational seminar from 12PM-1PM on Tuesday, October 22nd - Day 1 of the PGA of Alberta Buying Show on one of the key components of your golf game - The Body/Swing Connection - The role of joint mobility in the golf swing.

Shannon brings a wide breadth of knowledge, expertise and credentials in golf bio-mechanics and exercise physiology. She is a certified CEP (Certified Exercise Physiology), Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Level 3 Golf Fitness Coach & Level 3 Golf Instructor, FMS Certified  (Functional Movement Screen and Corrective Exercise), MovNat (Natural Movement Certified Level 1 Trainer) and FRCms (Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist) to name but a few of her credentials.

Buying and Inventory Management Strategies 

Join long time Alberta Golf Industry member Kristi Larson at 11:15AM-12:15PM on Wednesday, October 23rd - Day 2 of the PGA of Alberta Buying Show for a unique and interesting perspective on Buying and Inventory Management Strategies for a Successful and Efficient Golf Shop Retail Program. Formerly the Retail Manager at Windermere G&CC and the Royal Mayfair GC, Kristi then made the switch to the supplier side of our industry as the Soft Goods Brand Manager at G&G Golf Company. With her experience’s encompassing all the sides of our industry she will be sharing her deep knowledge on how we buy and what we can do to be better buyers.

World Handicap System Seminar

Join Alberta Golf at 12-1PM on Thursday, October 24th for an update on the much anticipated World Handicap System (WHS) coming into effect for the 2020 season. Gain a working knowledge on the upcoming changes in order to better serve your membership. Alberta Golf is the authoritative body for the purposes of establishing and maintaining a uniform handicap system for golf clubs in Alberta.

The idea for a new, unified system was conceived by the USGA and The R&A and developed following an extensive review of systems administered by six existing handicapping authorities – Golf Australia, the Council of National Golf Unions (CONGU) in Great Britain and Ireland, the European Golf Association (EGA), the South African Golf Association (SAGA), the Argentine Golf Association (AAG) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) with support from the aforementioned handicapping authorities as well as Golf Canada and the Japan Golf Association.

Buying Show Education Series Information Package