The PDGA

The Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) is an international not-for-profit organization based in Georgia,
USA. Founded in 1976, the PDGA is run by its member-players, and serves as the governing body for the sport of
disc golf.
As a primary stakeholder in the growth and development of disc golf, the PDGA partners, supports, and works
with the World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF), National Disc Golf and Disc Sports Associations, disc golf clubs,
parks departments, Tournament Directors, manufacturers, retailers, promoters, and the media.

The PDGA is based on an annual membership and tournament system. In 2014, the PDGA had 22000+ active
members, and sanctioned more than 2000 competitive disc golf events for men and women of all age groups and
skill levels. The PDGA Tour includes hundreds of local and regional events, the season-long National Tour and
EuroTour Series, the PDGA Professional and Amateur Disc Golf World Championships, the USDGC, and other
Major events in USA, Europe and Asia/Oceania.

Traditionally focused on the USA and Canada, PDGA activity in other countries has been growing exponentially
since 2005, when the International Program was introduced. In 2014 there were more than 3100 PDGA
international members and 360 Tour events in Europe, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Australia, and New Zealand.
Elsewhere, in Latin America and other corners of the globe where disc golf is beginning to take flight, the PDGA
serves as a resource base for building the game at the grassroots level. In 2012 the PDGA also introduced the
Marco Polo Program which provides funding support for initiatives aimed at introducing and developing the game
in new countries and locales.

The PDGA has a full-time staff of eight, led by the Executive Director, who is appointed by and reports to the
volunteer Board of Directors. Part-time Consultants are also used on specific projects including the International
Program. The Board of Directors are elected by the membership, and serve three year terms. Throughout its brief
history the PDGA has relied heavily on a large cadre of dedicated volunteers – the Tournament Directors, the
Committee members, and so on – and it is these committed volunteers who are the real backbone of the
organization and the sport.

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