GolfWorks Illinois

GolfWorks Illinois

Inspired by the success of several educational programs, including the New York Metropolitan Golf Foundation’s Golfworks program, the Illinois PGA Foundation started GolfWorks Illinois in 2010. The program 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’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:

  • Experiential Learning – A meaningful work experience via an 10-12 week internship that provides career exploration and professional skill development.
  • Service Learning – Promoting good citizenship and the goodwill of the game participants will take part in a golf-related community service project.
  • 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.
*Due to shelter in place orders, the earliest possible start date for GolfWorks interns is Saturday, May 2nd. We will continue to update this webpage with any changes.

CLICK HERE to fill out the 2020 Illinois PGA Foundation GolfWorks application. Upon review and approval, you will be contacted by a member of the Illinois PGA staff to continue on to the interview process

CLICK HERE to read the GolfWorks Illinois student handbook

Please contact Dana Gattone ( for more information if your facility is interested in employing a GolfWorks Illinois intern. 

The Illinois PGA Foundation is currently seeking 2020 GolfWorks Illinois interns to work at the following clubs:

  • Bryn Mawr Country Club, Lincolnwood, IL
  • ​Chicago Highlands Club, Westchester, IL
  • Crystal Tree Golf & Country Club, Orland Park, IL
  • Effingham Country Club, Effingham, IL
  • Harborside International Golf Center, Chicago, IL
  • Hinsdale Golf Club, Hinsdale, IL
  • Inverness Golf Club, Palatine, IL
  • Knollwood Club, Lake Forest, IL
  • Northmoor Country Club, Highland Park, IL
  • Onwentsia Club, Lake Forest, IL
  • Pinecrest Golf Club, Huntley, IL
  • Prestwicke Country Club, Frankfort, IL
  • Red Tail Golf Course, Lakewood, IL
  • S.M.A.R.T Golf & Fitness, Chicago, IL
  • Stonebridge Country Club, Aurora, IL
  • The Club at Wynstone, North Barrington, IL
  • Urbana Country Club, Urbana, IL
  • Westmoreland Country Club, Wilmette, IL

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.