So, you want to join the Professionals? - How to Join the PDGA
If you’ve been thinking about joining the Professional Disc Golf Association but don’t know where to start, Kestrel Disc Golf has prepared an easy, step-by-step guide to help you through the process.
Go online to https://www.pdga.com/ to start this process, the click “join & renew” below the official logo. This will bring you to the first of your choices in creating a membership – are you joining with a membership for yourself, or are you buying for a friend? We’ll assume you’re buying for yourself, and continue in.
For their records, PDGA asks for your country of residence, then lays out the material benefits of a membership for you. Your membership will no only give you a membership card and number, but subscriptions to the official disc golf app and to Discgolfer magazine, the Official Rules of Disc Golf and Competition Manual for Disc Golf Events, and a miniature disc marker for your shots (among other things.)
You’ll also have the option to choose between three types of membership. A Professional Membership, $75 per year, if you plan on accepting cash winnings in PDGA events, an Amateur Membership, $50 per year, if you plan on accepting prizes for PDGA events (or anyone who wants to enjoy membership benefits!), or a Junior Membership, $30 per year, for golfers who will be turning 18 or younger during the next calendar year.
The PDGA also offers optional clubs for members to join, with tiered costs and rewards at each level. Discs, member disc bags, shirts, and a lifetime membership are just some of the offers available, should you want them. They are in addition to your membership costs, and are not required to become a member.
After choosing which (if any) of the optional clubs you desire, PDGA will ask for personal and billing information to continue with payment for your membership and confirm your membership. Congratulations, that’s all it takes for you to become a member, and you can enjoy the benefits!
Along with the app and magazine subscriptions, PDGA members can enjoy discounts at Office Depot, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car rental, La Quinta Inn & Suites, Red Roof Inn, Motel 6, GlassOnWeb (prescription eyewear), and discounted retail pricing for custom products ordered through Printastic.com, and professionally printed course signs and accessories from DiscGolfSigns.org and StoppaSigns & Engraving LLC. Each of these companies has partnered with PDGA to provide the best services possible to members of all levels.
It may take upwards of a month for you to receive your membership package in the mail, depending on your location, but the PDGA is designed for golfers of any and all levels to take part in and enjoy.
What are you waiting for?