The GCAE cooperates with a pan European Alliance of Golfing and trade organisations in the European Union to improve and professionalise the business of golf





Inspiring golf to fully embrace sustainability and promoting a shared understanding of issues and solutions, working with and through industry associations and businesses.

Providing practical, straightforward online guidance programmes, to make it easier for clubs, developments, and tournaments to ask the pertinent questions, improve now and in the future, and confidently share their successes.

Strengthening the reputation of golf clubs and developments and helping golf celebrate great golf environments on the basis of a new collection of verified real-world evidence and stories from villages, towns, and cities around the world.

Connecting the efforts and knowledge of the global golf community and recognizing people who are a part of golf’s sustainability movement.

GEO provides three programmes and also administers golf’s ecolabel, GEO Certified™ – the symbol of great golf environments worldwide, available for Club and Course Management, for Developments, and for Renovations.

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The PGA European Tour, a company limited by guarantee, operates a broad range of business initiatives essential to its primary mission of administering professional tournament golf. It is a unique business which generates profits for the benefit of the Members – the tournament players – who receive their dividends by way of competing and winning prize money.

The European Tour International Schedule, which from 2009 incorporated the inaugural Race to Dubai, is a thriving global brand; the European Challenge Tour focuses on the future; and the European Senior Tour provides a new start for champions celebrating their 50th birthday.

The European Tour’s corporate identity features the iconic silhouette image of six-time Open Champion Harry Vardon and a world skyline graphic depicting many of the geographical elements built into The 2013 Race to Dubai, which will feature a minimum of 46 tournaments in 26 countries.

George O’Grady, the Chief Executive of The European Tour, heads the administration staff of 113 based at headquarters in Wentworth, Surrey, with a Board of Directors comprising 11 elected past and present Tour Members and a Tournament Committee of 15 players.

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The PGAs of Europe is an Association of National PGAs (33 European and 6 international) with a collective membership in excess of 21,000 golf professionals whose objective is to represent, promote and advise PGAs on a business-to-business basis. At all times striving to raise standards and opportunities in the education and employment of golf professionals while also representing member countries in dealing with influential bodies and governments regarding the promotion of the game and the interests of PGA professionals.

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The Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE) is a non-profit making professional association with members involved in the management of sports clubs (golf, tennis, sailing and other sports), health & fitness clubs, leisure, city and dining clubs located throughout Europe.

The CMAE is also a pan-European ‘unifying’ organisation for a variety of national professional associations for club managers and secretaries. National associations can affiliate with the CMAE, thereby giving their membership access to CMAE education programmes, international activities and events.

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Education has to be the key to all associations and indeed greenkeepers in achieving the highest level of professionalism within our industry and therefore greater recognition within the game of golf. FEGGA’s role with formal education has been to set the standards and have recently launched an initiative to create Pan European Standards, leading to the launch of Greenkeeper Training Europe. Greenkeeper Training Europe has now produced standards on 3 levels and will through its work be able to assist Countries with   guidance on all aspects of formal greenkeeping education.

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The European Institute of Golf Course Architects represents Europe’s most qualified golf course designers and has over 80 Senior Members and Associate Members spread throughout 20 countries. Members of the EIGCA have shown through their skill, experience and training that they are able to design and supervise the construction of golf courses to the highest standards throughout the world.

Established in 2000 the EIGCA aims to enhance the status of the golf course design profession, increase the opportunities for members to practice throughout the world and educate future golf course architects.


Established in 2002, the European Golf Industry Association is an alliance of national golf trade associations supported by major brands.

The EGIA is run by a Council made up of representatives from each member country and is administered from the offices of The Federation of Sports & Play Associations (FSPA) in the UK.

The EGIA is also a member of a group of pan-European golfing organisations who meet to discuss issues of common interest and concern.

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The GCAE cooperates with other stakeholders in the European Union to improve and professionalise the business of golf.

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