Originally Posted by turtleback
Q for @iacas: Is there a PGA pro code of conduct? Would the kind of solicitation described by motsco violate that code of conduct? Or might this fill into some kind of unwritten rule that PGA pros follow? It seems a little crappy to me for one PGA pro to solicit someone already taking lessons from a different pro .
I don't think the codes are specifically spelled out: http://pdf.pgalinks.com/regmemos/CodeofEthicsGuidelines.pdf .
Here are some examples:
1) Abusing the privileges extended to them, including playing without an invitation.
2) Causing public embarrassment to fellow professional.
3) Applying for or otherwise seeking or soliciting employment in an unprofessional manner.
4) Conduction themselves in such a manner as to adversely impact the reputation of other members or the association.
5) Conduction business in an unethical manner.
6) Engaging in any conduct that is contray to or inconsistent with the policies of the Assoc.
Basically, they're broad, and open to interpretation.
You can't show up at another PGA pro's range and begin soliciting business. But it's perfectly fine for me to mention that I teach people who are members at Golf Evolution. It's also fine to mention it to people with whom I play, or know.
It's not unethical to offer to give someone a lesson, or point out that you do them. You cross that line when you do something like steal his email list, or solicit that business on his property, or something like that.