Ever hear about a golf tour and wonder, “What tour is that?” Most of us know about the PGA Tour, the Champions Tour and the LPGA. But did you now there are a number of other professional tours out there? I did a little research to find out just how many there are. This isn’t a comprehensive list, I don’t always use the formal, proper name, nor do I go into great detail on all of them. If I did this would be one of the longest blog posts you ever read! But here’s a fairly comprehensive list. If I missed any, drop me a note on the Contact Us page.
PGA Tour – The professional golf tour we all know and love today. Easily the most popular tour out there in terms of both fans and sponsor dollars. Also garners the most TV coverage on Golf Channel and the major networks.
Champions Tour – When the players many of us grew up watching began to grow older, the idea of a Seniors tour was born in 1980. You’ll find lots of familiar names out here if you’ve watched golf for any length of time. You’ll often find their events on Golf Channel.
LPGA Tour – The leading women’s tour, hosting tournaments around the world. The galleries may be smaller but but it has a more intimate feel as you walk the course at a tournament. You’ll find LPGA events televised by Golf Channel and on rare occasions by the network.
LET – The Ladies European Tour hosts 17 tournaments this year throughout Europe, Australia and India. In the US you’ll rarely get coverage of the LET unfortunately so check out their website.
European Tour – The major mens tour outside the United States. They host tournaments around the world and you’ll spot a lot of familiar names on their leaderboards.
European Senior Tour – Known as the Staysure Tour, this is the European Senior Tour. Tournaments are held throughout Europe and the Middle East.
Web.com – The stop before the PGA tour for many professional golfers. Win enough here and you’ll get a shot at the PGA Tour.
Symetra Tour – The developmental tour for the LPGA. Many of the golfers you see on the LPGA tour today have spent time on the Symetra Tour.
Asian Tour – Hosts tournaments throughout Asia
PGA Tour China – Affiliated with the PGA Tour, hosts tournaments in China and Hong Kong
LPGA of Japan Tour – The LPGA of Japan has been around for a long time. Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be an English website.
LPGA of Korea Tour – The Korean LPGA women’s tour. Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be an English website.
Ladies Asian Golf Tour – Promotes women’s golf in Asia with a focus on countries where there is not a local LPGA presence
PGA Australia – Sponsors tournaments in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific
Latino America Tour – affiliated with the PGA Tour, hosts tournaments in South America, Central America and Mexico
Sunshine Tour – Men’s professional tour based out of South Africa
Canadian Tour – Currently known as the Mackenzie Tour of Canada
Korea Professional Golfers’ Association – The Korean Professional Golf Association, associated with the PGA. There doesn’t appear to be an English website.
Professional Golf Tour of India – The men’s professional golf tour of India
I told you there were a lot! And there were others I discovered in compiling this list. The bottom line: If a country loves golf there is probably one or more active organizations in it promoting professional golf.