The PGA Golf Management (PGM) program, a four and a half year college curriculum for aspiring PGA Professionals, is a structured academic program accredited by the PGA of America. Florida Gulf Coast University is one of only 19 schools accredited by the PGA nationally, and one of only two in the state of Florida. The program is designed to provide the skill and knowledge base necessary for future golf professionals to succeed in a wide variety of positions within the industry. Students attending the PGM program at Florida Gulf Coast University will graduate with a Bachelor of Science major in PGA Golf Management. Upon completion of the university's requirements, PGA requirements, and 16 months of internship, students are eligible to become Class A PGA Members upon graduation. Some of the golf specific courses you will take as an upper-level student in the program will include: Turfgrass Management, Golf Facility Operations, Advanced Golf Merchandising Operations, Director of Golf Instructional Operations, Golf Course Ownership, and Golf Executive Management. There have also been courses developed to aid in the completion of the PGA's Level 1, 2, and 3 education requirements.
Located in southwest Florida, the PGM Program at FGCU not only boasts one of the most desired geographical locations in the country, but with over 135 courses within an hour of campus, is also serving a local industry need. Current PGM students have the opportunity to work part-time, intern, and play at some of the most exclusive facilities in the country.
Program Admission Requirements
PGA Golf Management is a limited access program. Qualified students are admitted for the fall semester. Admission decisions are based on materials and coursework completed at the time of application and receipt of the PGA Golf Management Limited Access Application/Golf Handicap Verification form. For priority consideration, all application materials should be received by April 1st of the calendar year for which entry is sought. Application materials received after April 1st will be considered on a space-available basis.
- Submit a FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
- Complete common prerequisites with a grade of C or better.
- Submit a PGM Program application form to the PGA Golf Management Program office.
- Provide proof of a golf handicap of 12 or lower to the PGA Golf Management Program office, verified by one of the following: (a) USGA handicap card, (b) letter from a PGA Golf Professional, (c) letter of playing ability from a high school golf coach with a transcript of 6 school scores. Please submit the Handicap Verification Form with your PGM Program Application.
- FGCU General Education Program (GEP) (36 hrs)
Refer to the General Education Program for more information.
- Communication (6 hrs)
- Mathematics (6 hrs)
- STA 2023
- Recommend MAC 1105
- Humanities (9 hrs)
- Social Sciences (6-9 hrs)
- Recommend ECO 2013
- Recommend ECO 2023
- Natural Sciences (6-9 hrs)
- Recommend PHY 2020
Note: At least one Natural Sciences course must include a laboratory or field component. Courses meeting this requirement contain a “C” or “L” in their course numbers. Each combined lecture and laboratory course (marked with a C) is equivalent to taking the lecture and laboratory separately.
- Common Prerequisites
- HFT 1000 Introduction to Hospitality/Tourism (3)*
*Must be completed with a grade of C or higher.
- Required Courses in the Major (51 hrs)
- FSS 3338C Introduction to Food & Beverage Management (3)
- HFT 1382 Introduction to Golf Management (3)
- HFT 2352 Player Development (1)
- HFT 3353 Golf Facility Operations (2)
- HFT 3383 Adv. Golf Merchandising Oper. (2)
- HFT 3404 Resort & Hosp Financial Acct (3)
- HFT 3573 Resort & Hospitality Mgmt. Marketing (3)
- HFT 3670 Resort & Hospitality Management Law, Legal Issues & Risk Management (3)
- HFT 4381 Golf Exec. Mgmt (3)
- HFT 4934 Professional Golf Management Senior Seminar (3)
- HFT 4948 PGA PGM Management Internship (11)
- ORH 2220C Turfgrass Management Operations (3)
- PEL 3120 PGA Prep 1 (3)
- PEL 3125 PGA Prep 2 (3)
- PEL 4126 Golf Practicum (3)
- PEO 3124 Dir of Golf Instructional Oper. (2)
- Electives in the Major (3 hrs)
- Select 3 hours from the following:
- HFT 3221 Mgmt of Resort & Hospitality Human Resources (3)
- HFT 3271 Introduction to Club & Spa Management (3)
- HFT 3253 Resort & Lodging Operations Management (3)
- HFT 3572 Resort & Hospitality Sales, Advertising & Public Relations (3)
- HFT 3443 Hospitality Information Technology (3)
- HFT 3757 Principles of Event Management (3)
- HFT 4275 Resort Management & Development (3)
- HFT 4343 Resort & Recreation Facilities Management (3)
- HFT 4380 Golf Course Ownership (3)
- HFT 4464 Resort & Hospitality Financial Management (3)
- HFT 4866 Wine Merchandising, Tasting & Technology (3)
- PEL 3123 History of Golf (3)
- PEL 4906 PGA PGM Directed Study (3)
- University Requirements (3 hrs)
- IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)
- Additional Electives (variable)
TOTAL SEMESTER HOURS REQUIRED: 120 HRS
Additional Graduation Requirements
- Students must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 120 credit hours.
- A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
- At least 48 of the 120 hours must be in the upper division (3000 and higher).
- At least 30 of the last 60 hours must be earned at FGCU.
- Satisfy Communication and Computation Skills, and foreign language entrance requirements
- Satisfy Service Learning requirement. See www.fgcu.edu/connect/
- Satisfy elements of the Professional Golfers Association of America PGM program, including (a) passing the Qualifying Level and Level 1, 2, and 3 Knowledge tests required by the PGA of America, and (b) passing the PGA Player Ability Test. For those wishing to become PGA of America members, United States citizenship and a completed background check is required prior to election to membership. Consult a college advisor or PGM Director for additional details.
Transfer Notes and Acceptable Substitutes
The following substitutions are acceptable for common prerequisites and must be completed with a grade of C or higher:
- HFT 1000: May substitute HFT X000; at FGCU may substitute HFT X003 or HFT 3003 for students entering FGCU before fall 2014.
For All Majors: Students are strongly encouraged to select required lower division electives that will enhance their general education coursework and that will support their intended baccalaureate degree program. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area.
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