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The Illinois PGA Foundation

GolfWorks Illinois

Golfworks IllinoisThe Illinois PGA Foundation’s GolfWorks Illinois is a vocational development program for Illinois high school and college students that promotes learning through hands-on work experience in the golf industry.  Working together with local golf facilities and youth golf organizations, GolfWorks Illinois will benefit participants in the following ways:

  1. Experiential Learning – A meaningful work experience via an 8-10 week internship that provides career exploration and professional skill development.
  2. Service Learning – Promoting good citizenship and the goodwill of the game participants will take part in a golf-related community service project.
  3. Classroom Learning – Encouraging the attainment of higher education, high school and college participants alike can apply for financial assistance through the Illinois PGA Foundation’s Scholarship Fund that includes awards for industry pursuits such as Professional Golf Management and Turfgrass Science as well as merit-based via a GolfWorks Illinois scholarship.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 12, 2017


In 2017, the Illinois PGA Foundation will award eight (8) GolfWorks internships to high school/college aged students at Illinois PGA facilities in: Deerfield, Frankfort, Flossmoor, Highland Park, Hinsdale, Lincolnwood, Oak Lawn and Wilmette (x2). Chosen applicants will go through an interview process with the Illinois PGA Foundation and club representatives. Selected interns must have reliable transportation and be available to work 20-30 hours/week during the summer months.

To learn more about GolfWorks internship, please view the Student Handbook. please click here.


The Illinois PGA Foundation started GolfWorks Illinois in 2010 inspired by the success of several educational programs, including the New York Metropolitan Golf Foundation’s Golfworks program, and has a charitable purpose that ties in closely to the PGA of America’s motto of “Experts in the game and business of golf.”  Through GolfWorks Illinois, the Foundation brings together PGA Professionals and industry leaders to be mentors providing the next generation an opportunity to learn the business side of golf, give back to the community and earn financial assistance towards college.

The Illinois PGA Foundation partnered with the University of Illinois Sports & Recreation Department to study the impact of the program on its participants and make recommendations for curriculum enhancements.  To read more about this partnership and findings from 2010, please click here.

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