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Colleges That Offer Professional Golf Management

by Laura Leddy Turner

Students pursuing a degree in professional golf management study golf literally from the ground up, through courses such as turf management and golf course architecture. Additional courses in finance, management and hospitality prepare students to keep an eye on a golf course's bottom line while keeping club members satisfied. Professional golf managers also teach golf and organize tournaments. Dozens of schools offer professional golf management programs, including golf academies and colleges with degree programs, certificate programs and specializations. Some schools offer bachelor's degree programs in conjunction with the Professional Golfers Association of America's Professional Golf Management university program.

PGA Professional Golf Management Program

The PGA's Professional Golf Management program trains students to become PGA professionals while they earn a bachelor's degree. Universities typically offer the PGA program as part of the school's golf management degree, specialization or concentration and the program is completed in 4 1/2 to 5 years. The program includes coursework plus a 16-month internship with a PGA professional at a golf course or PGA-affiliated organization. Graduates of the program become members of the PGA and are assisted with job placement.

North Carolina State University

North Carolina State University in Raleigh offers the PGA golf management program through its College of Natural Resources Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Students in the program earn a Bachelor of Science in professional golf management while completing their PGA professional golf management requirements. Applicants must submit a United States Golf Association handicap of 12 or less, verified by a PGA professional or high school golf coach, or must have passed the PGA's Player Ability Test.

Ferris State University

The professional golf management program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, was the first program of its kind in the nation and the first to be integrated with the PGA's professional golf management program. Students earn a Bachelor of Science in marketing while completing their PGA golf management requirements. The school supports an active professional golf management student association that is structured along the same lines as the PGA.

New Mexico State University

New Mexico State University's PGA golf management program is offered through the College of Business and provides students with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing and a specialization in golf management. The university is one of the few PGA accredited schools with its own golf course, located on the school's main campus in Las Cruces.

University of Wisconsin - Stout

The Stout campus of the University of Wisconsin in Menonomie offers a specialization in golf enterprise management that is endorsed by the National Golf Course Owners Association. The specialization is comprised of 18 to 22 credits and a co-op or field experience at a golf enterprise venue. The specialization is considered compatible with the school's majors in business administration or hotel, restaurant and tourism management.

Virginia College

Virginia College, which has locations throughout the Southeast and in Tulsa, Oklahoma, offers an online Bachelor of Science degree in golf course management. The program emphasizes management training, leadership development and critical thinking to prepare students to manage a golf course or golf-related enterprise. An Associate of Applied Business degree in golf complex operations and management is a prerequisite to enrollment in the online bachelor's program.

About the Author

Laura Leddy Turner began her writing career in 1976. She has worked in the newspaper industry as an illustrator, columnist, staff writer and copy editor, including with Gannett and the Asbury Park Press. Turner holds a B.A. in literature and English from Ramapo College of New Jersey, with postgraduate coursework in business law.

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