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PGA Golf Management Core Requirements & Courses

The business administration major with a concentration in PGA Golf Management prepares students to secure entry-level positions in the golf industry. It provides students the opportunity to pursue a career as a golf professional in the private or public sector, resort or corporate golf structure, administration, club management, turf management or industry representative (sales). Future study in graduate school is possible in business administration, marketing, and related fields.

The marketing major with a concentration in professional golf management (PGM) provides students the opportunity to pursue a career as golf professional involved in or responsible for the development, pricing, promotion, distribution and delivery of products, services and programs related to the golf industry. Potential areas of employment include all entry-level positions in the private or public sector, resort or corporate golf structure, administration, club management, or turf management. Future study in graduate school is possible in business administration, marketing, and agronomy.

Type of degree awarded: B.A., B.S.

Accreditation: Methodist University is one of 19 colleges in the nation to offer PGA Golf Management that is accredited by the Professional Golfers' Association of America (PGA). This accreditation requires students to successfully complete the Playing Ability Test (PAT) and Levels 1, 2 and 3 of PGA Golf Management.

Requirements for the major in Business Administration: 51 s.h. - 15 s.h. of Reeves School of Business foundation courses (ACC 251 and 253; and ECO 216, 261 and 262); 24 s.h. of business major requirements (BUS 225, 332, 343, 352, 450 and 470; ECO 311; and MKT 351), and 12 s.h. of electives in business, financial economics, accounting, marketing, or any concentration that may be attached to the major in Business Administration (Resort Management, Health Care Administration, PGA Golf Management and Professional Tennis Management). An elective may count toward only one major. All Business Administration majors must take college algebra (MAT 105) or pre-calculus (MAT 113).

Requirements for the major in Marketing: 51 s.h. - 15 s.h. of Reeves School of Business foundation courses (ACC 251 and 253; and ECO 216, 261 and 262); 24 s.h. of Marketing major requirements (BUS 225, 332, 343, 352, 470; and MKT 351, 390, and 470; and 12 s.h. from the following approved electives (BHC 330; MKT 345; 360. 380, 384, 400, 410, 420, 430, 460, 485, 499; COM 331, 341, or 353; ECO 311). All Marketing majors must take college algebra (MAT 105) or pre-calculus (MAT 113).

The PGA Golf Management concentration: 38 s.h. -21 s.h. of PGM foundation courses (201, 202, 301, 304, 401, 430 and 485); 2 s.h .of PGM seminars (195, 196, 295, 296, 395, 396, 495 and 496); 3 s.h. of PGM internships 170, 270, 370, and 12 s.h. of 470. Students in the PGM program are exempt from the Physical Education activity core requirement; however, they must complete WEL 101.

No minor or AA subject concentration is available.

Writing-Enrichment Course: PGM 404

Computer Intensive Course: BUS 225


Course Descriptions

201 & 202 INTRODUCTION TO GOLF MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
An overview of opportunities and responsibilities in the golf profession; PGA history, purpose, and constitution; interpersonal skills; ball flight laws, principles, and professional terminology; golf car fleet management, rules of golf, tournament operations, customer relations, and golf club performance. Co-requisite/pre-requisite for all PGA Golf Management courses. Open to PGA Golf Management students only. This course if offered every fall semester.

170, 270, 370 INTERNSHIP (1 s.h. each)
Experiential learning in all aspects of golf management acquired through a twelve-week internship at a golf facility. The student is assigned duties and responsibilities approved by the faculty member and PGA professional at the site. Supervision and evaluation is conducted by the faculty member and the on-site professional. Written reports and evaluations are required at the completion of each phase of instruction. Placement is made by the PGA Golf Management faculty member in consultation with the student. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for each internship. This course is offered every summer semester. PGM 170 prerequisite: PGM 204; PGM 270 prerequisite: PGM 170; PGM 370 prerequisite: PGM 270.

195, 196, 295, 296, 395, 396, 495, 496 SEMINAR (.5 s.h. each)
Information and knowledge acquired through supervised participation in formal seminars taught jointly by college instructors and PGA officials and CEO's of leading business. Resumes are required for attendance. Topics include teaching; rules; club fitting and repair; club management policies and procedures; golf car use, repair, and maintenance; merchandising; turf management; and golf computer operations. A minimum of 4 seminars are required for graduation/one per year. Pass/fail course.

301 INTERMEDIATE GOLF INSTRUCTION & PERFORMANCE (3 s.h.)
The course is an in-depth study of the physics and geometry of the golf swing, the angles created, centrifugal and centripetal forces, and the sciences that are involved in the golf swing. This course if offered every spring semester.

302 AGRONOMY AND TURF GRASS MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
This class is an introduction to turfgrasses and maintenance procedures necessary for meeting modern golf course playability standards. The focus is communicating with golf course superintendents and the customers about regular practices. Lectures and laboratory classes study basic plant physiology, turfgrass identification, cultural practices, fertility requirements, Integrated Pest Management strategy and environmental concerns related to effective golf course management. Human resource, financial, and governmental issues are also discussed. This course is offered every fall semester.

304 FACILITY MANAGEMENT (3 s.h.)
The management, marketing and accounting of the various types of golf operations: private, public, and resort. Topics include the importance of and steps involved in business planning, financial forecasting, and budgeting. The class will also focus on hiring and evaluating employees; wage and hour laws and employment laws. This course is offered every fall. Required for sophomores. Pre-requisites: PGM 204.

401 ADVANCED TEACHING METHODS & CLUB FITTING (3 s.h.)
The sciences applied to the golf swing, causes and effects; laws, principles and preferences of a model swing; professional terminology for golf teachers; learning styles and practices; private and group lessons; and the importance of directed practice, drills, and teaching aids. Lab requirement: students must teach a five series lesson program to an assigned student. A foundation course covering the golf professional's ability to custom fit and merchandise equipment. The course includes a practicum in club fitting and a "hands on" approach to club repair. This course is required during the sophomore year and is offered every spring semester. Prerequisites: OCL 151. This course is offered every spring semester.

402 GOLF SHOP OPERATIONS (3 s.h.)
An in-depth study of the business of golf. Aspects of managing the business of golf including supervising and delegating as well as merchandising and inventory control will be covered. Students will learn how to develop and maintain a high performance work environment and techniques for motivating staff, delegating assignments, and managing performance problems. Other topics will include open-to-buy plans, merchandise assortment plans, vendor relations, inventory management and merchandise display and promotion. This course is offered every spring. Required for juniors. Pre-requisites: PGM 204 & PGM 304.

430 FOOD AND BEVERAGE MANGEMENT (3 s.h.)
The main function areas of the food and beverage operation. The course includes the procurement, preparation, yield, and sale of food and beverage. A minimum of 4 weeks of internship or lab experience is required. This course is offered every fall and spring semester.

485 FINAL EXPERIENCE - PGA PORTFOLIO (1-3 s.h.)
In depth study of a specific area of the golf industry as it relates to the golf professional. Prerequisite: permission of the department head. This course is offered as needed.

470 INTERNSHIP (12 s.h.)
PGM 470 is a 7 month internship after all academic requirements are met. It is the final work experience that blends all classroom academic learning with the everyday practical application of the golf business. All graduation requirements must be met prior to registering for PGM 470. This is a pass/fail grade.

499 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN PROFESSIONAL GOLF MANAGEMENT (1-3 s.h.)
An opportunity for a well-qualified PGA Golf Management student to engage in a special research project. Requires approval by the faculty advisor, supervising professor, and the department head, before approval by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Credit to be determined.

 

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