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Professional Golf Management

Industry Description
The demand for professional golf managers and teachers has increased steadily with golf's ever expanding popularity. Professional golf managers work as club professionals, equipment manufacturer representatives, general managers, and golf instructors or coaches. Utilizing their knowledge of their sport, physiology, and corrective techniques, professional golf instructors work with golfers of all experience levels to improve their game. They determine the type and level of difficulty of exercises, prescribe specific drills, and evaluate the golfer's games.  

Department Overview
Professional Golf Management provides students with expert instruction in golf shop operations, facility management, tournament administration, rules of golf, turf science, golf car fleet management and golf instruction. The program is an accredited USGA member training facility and staffed by certified Class A PGA Golf Professionals. Upon completion of the course content and a two-quarter cooperative training internship at an approved golf facility, the student is uniquely prepared for a variety of career paths in field of professional golf management. The program was developed in cooperation with regional golf professionals representing a wide variety of golf facilities; curriculum is maintained with oversight by an advisory committee comprised of local and regional industry members.  

Degrees
Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences Degree in Professional Golf Management upon completion of the course content and a two-quarter cooperative training internship at an approved golf facility. A Professional Golf Management Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of the program.

Career Opportunities
  • Club Professionals
  • Equipment Manufacturer Representatives
  • General Managers
  • Golf Instructors/Coaches
  • Golf Director
  • Assistant Golf Professional


Entrance Requirements
Students are required to have a golf background, letters of recommendation and instructor permission before entering the program. A placement test offered by the Student Development Center must be completed prior to admittance to the program.

Other Information
For additional information including regional employment data, completion rates, student characteristics, and employment see http://www.wtb.wa.gov/etp.