PGM 1700, 2700, 3700 INTERNSHIP (1 credit)

Experiential learning in all aspects of golf management acquired through a 12-week internship. Supervision and evaluation conducted by the internship director and on-site PGA Professional. Written evaluations required at the completion of internships. Placement determined by the internship director and student. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required, Course offered every summer. All students are subject to random drug testing according to the Reeves School of Business Drug Policy. Housing and health insurance are not the responsibility of the University.

Prerequisites: Prerequisite for PGM 1700 is PGM 2010 and PGM 2020. Prerequisite for PGM 2700 is PGM 1700; Prerequisite for PGM 3700 is PGM 2700. Rising seniors with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 may participate in a five-month extended PGM 3700 internship with Director’s approval.

PGM 1950 FIRST YEAR SEMINAR (0.5 credit)

Required course for all incoming first year PGA Golf Management students. Supervised participation in formal seminars (e.g. resume and cover letter writing, appropriate dress for the workplace, and social skills/etiquette) taught jointly by University instructors, PGA officials and CEOs of leading businesses. Pass/fail course.

PGM 1960, 2950, 2960, 3950, 3960, 4950, 4960 SEMINAR (0.5 credit)

Supervised participation in individual and group instruction taught jointly by PGA Golf Management instructors preparing students to pass the PAT, Students must register for the PGA Golf Management Seminar each semester until the PAT is passed. Pass/fail course.

Prerequisite: PGM 1950


An overview of opportunities and responsibilities in the golf profession and PGA 2.0 Program design; PGA history, purpose, and constitution; history of the game; USGA Rules of Golf and Tournament Operations. Open to PGA Golf Management students only. Co-requisite/prerequisite for all PGA Golf Management courses.

Offered: fall

PGM 2020 TEACHING & COACHING I (3 credits)

An overview of teaching and club performance, professional terminology, and customer relations. Open to PGA Golf Management students only.

Prerequisite: PGM 2010
Offered: spring

PGM 3010 TEACHING & COACHING II (3 credits)

The course is designed for students to develop a further understanding of instruction, club alteration, fitness, and psychological factors as they directly relate to playing and teaching the game of golf. Students will learn to assess themselves and others in order to form a plan to improve the areas named above. Furthermore, in the class students will participate in creating instructional programs, club fitting, psychological assessments; and fitness workouts.

Prerequisite: PGM 2020 or permission of the department chair/school dean


This class is an introduction to turf grasses and sustainable environmental 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, turf grass 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.

Offered: fall


An introduction to the overall management of the golf business. Golf management principles, marketing a golf facility, and accounting principles. Other topics include the importance of and steps involved in business planning, financial forecasting, and budgeting. This class will also focus on golf car fleet management. Required for sophomores.

Prerequisite: PGM 2010 and 2020, or permission of the department chair/school dean
Offered: fall


An American golf business is a dynamic process that brings together people, consumers, technology, natural resources, and human initiative in a constantly changing and competitive environment. To understand the framework in which a golf business operates, students will travel for an exploration and learning opportunity from the business. (OR) An exploration of globalization and the cultural, economic, political, and legal environments of international business, including an overview of risks, challenges, and opportunities of competing in the global marketplace. This course requires travel and research on the ground in another country. These courses will require research and class time at an off-site location as selected by the professor of record. An additional fee will apply to cover the costs of travel and lodging. Travel for student conferences and conventions is prohibited as part of this course.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor or permission of the department chair/school dean

PGM 4010 TEACHING & COACHING III (3 credits)

The sciences applied to the golf swing, causes and effects; laws, principles and preferences of a model swing; professional terminology for golf teachers; comparisons of teaching styles; the role of club fitting in relation to equipment and game improvement; private and group lessons; the psychology of playing and course management; and nutrition and fitness in golf today. Lab requirements: students must teach a series of lessons to a designated student.

Prerequisite: PGM 3010 or permission of the department chair/school dean


An in-depth study of merchandise and inventory management in the golf business. Students will learn how to develop an Open-To-Buy plan, a merchandise assortment plan, and select the criteria for merchandise selection. This course is a comprehensive study of golf retail management to include buying strategies, record keeping, financial reporting, vendor relations, visual merchandising, pricing, planning promotions, and analyzing performance variances. Laboratory component may include previewing, buying and tracking sell through of product for actual golf shops associated with the PGA/PGM Program. This course is offered every spring. Required for juniors.

Prerequisites: PGM 2010 and 2020, PGM 3040 and successful completion of PGA/PGM LEVEL I TESTING or permission of the department chair/school dean


An introduction to the main function areas of the food and beverage industry. The course includes the procurement, preparation, yield, presentation, and sale of food and beverage. The course will also include a four-week lab experience. The lab experience will include, but not be limited to, hands-on experience in table and room set-up, proper table service, and related services that will be found in private and public facilities.

Offered: fall and spring

PGM 4700 INTERNSHIP (12 credits)

A five- to seven-month internship when a student is within 12 credits of completing all academic requirements. 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, including PGM 1700, 2700, and 3700. All students who are participating in a paid internship are subject to random drug testing prior to and during employment, according to the Reeves School of Business Drug Policy. Housing and health insurance are not the responsibility of the University. Pass/fail course.

Offered: spring and fall


In depth study of a specific area of the golf industry as it relates to the golf professional and preparation for player development and the teaching business. Students will prepare and present their presentation and complete the interview portfolio. P

Prerequisite: PGM 1700, 2700, and 3700, or permission of the program director
Offered: spring, fall as needed


An opportunity for a well-qualified PGA Golf Management student to engage in a special research project. Prerequisite: approval by the faculty advisor, the supervising professor, the department chair, and the school dean before approval by Provost. Credit to be determined.