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The B.S. in PGA Golf Management is designed to provide the skill and knowledge base a future golf professional needs to succeed in a variety of positions in the industry.
The PGA Golf Management (PGM) program is a 4 to 4 1/2 year structured academic program for aspiring PGA Professionals. Florida Gulf Coast University is one of only 18 schools nationally accredited by the PGA, and the only one in the state of Florida.
A primary requirement for students is the completion of 16 months paid internship under the direction of the PGM Internship Director. These work experiences can occur in diverse golf industry settings throughout the country. Some of the areas of study in the program include: business planning, turfgrass management, golf facility operations, golf merchandising, human resources management and three distinct golf instruction classes focused on teaching the game, club-fitting, using state-of the-art instructional technology and developing a teaching business. Students completing the Florida Gulf Coast University PGM Program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in PGA Golf Management. Upon graduation and securing eligible full-time employment, students can be elected to Class A PGA Membership.
Located in southwest Florida, the FGCU PGM program boasts one of the most desired geographical locations in the country with over 135 courses within an hour of campus. It also serves a local industry employment need. FGCU PGM students have the opportunity to work part-time, intern, and play at some of the most exclusive facilities in the country. Students benefit from 300+ local PGA professionals, many of which, provide formal mentorship and lend their expertise in the classroom.
Limited Access Application and Handicap Verification Form
Download this form to your computer: PGA Golf Management Limited Access Application and Handicap Verification Form
This is a fillable PDF form. After downloading, open it, complete it, save it, and submit per the instructions on the form.
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Program Requirements for the 2019-2020 Catalog Year
The General Education Program Website is located at http://www.fgcu.edu/general_education
Program Progression and Additional Graduation Requirements
- Complete a minimum of 120 credits with at least 48 hours at the upper division (3000-4000 level).
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 for all coursework attempted at FGCU.
- Complete common prerequisites with a grade of C or higher.
- At least 30 of the last 60 credits must be earned at FGCU.
- Satisfy college-level skills and foreign language entrance requirements.
- Satisfy the FGCU summer enrollment requirement.
- Satisfy the service learning requirement. See www.fgcu.edu/connect/
- Successfully complete all elements of the PGA Golf Mangement Program:
- PGA Knowledge Testing
- PGA Work Experience Portfolio requirements
- PGA Seminar Attendance (all 3 levels)
- PGA Final Experience
- Complete a minimum of 16 months paid internship.
- Pass the PGA of America Playing Ability Test.
- For those who apply for PGA Membership, a background check must be completed and US Citizenship or Resident Alien status must be verified.
- Consult with college advising or PGM director for additional details.
- Satisfy Civic Literacy requirement.
- FGCU General Education Program (https://www2.fgcu.edu/general_education/)
To prevent or minimize excess hours, select general education courses that satisfy common prerequisite requirements for your intended major.
- Common Prerequisites
A minimum grade of C is required in each course
FGCU Course: HFT 1000 Introduction to Hospitality/Tourism (3)
Acceptable Substitute: HFTX000
- Required Courses in the Major (45 credits)
HFT 1382 Intro to Golf Management (3)
HFT 2352 Player Development (1) - Minimum grade of B or higher is required
HFT 3353 Golf Facility Operations (3)
HFT 3404 Resort & Hosp Financial Acct (3)
HFT 3670 R&H Law ,Legal Issues & Risk Mgmt (3)
HFT 3948 PGA PGM Internship I (6) - Minimum grade of C or higher is required.
HFT 4381 Golf Executive Management (3)
HFT 4934 PGM Senior Seminar (3)
HFT 4948 PGA PGM Internship II (5) - Minimum grade of C or higher is required.
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 Golf Instructional Operations (3)
- Electives in the Major (9 credits)
Select 3 credits from the following:
ECO 2013 Princ of Macro Economics (3)
ECO 2023 Princ of Micro Economics (3)
Select 6 credits from the following:
PEL 3930 Special Topics: PGA Golf Mgt. (3)
PEL 4906 PGA PGM Directed Study (3)
or Courses numbered 3000-4999 with an ACG, BUL, FSS, GEB, HFT, ISM, MAN or MAR prefix. Other related courses may be considered (see college academic advisor).
- University Requirements (3 credits)
IDS 3920 University Colloquium (3)
- Additional Electives - as needed to reach total credits required for the degree
Total Credits Required: 120
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Academic Learning CompactConsistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills
Graduates will be able to:
- Identify and demonstrate content/discipline, proficiencies and skills relevant to the operational areas of PGA Golf Management
- Evaluate information, make decisions and using critical thinking and problem solving skills in the golf industry.
- Demonstrate and apply knowledge of pedagogical principles of golf instruction.
- Adapt and apply theories presented in golf facility management during a variety of experiential learning environments.
These areas are assessed on the program level using required PGA Knowledge Tests in every
PGM dedicated class, exit interviews of graduates, Work Experience Activities completed while on official, required internship in the following courses: HFT4945 – Internship, HFT1382 – Intro to Golf Management, PEO3124 – Director of Golf Instructional Operations, PEL3125 – PGA Prep 2, HFT3353 – Golf Facilities Operations, HFT4934 – PGM Senior Seminar, HFT3383 – Advanced Golf Merchandising, HFT4381 –Executive Golf ManagementCommunication Skills
Graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate effective oral communications.
- Prepare effective written materials.
Communication skills are assessed using group presentations and written projects in HFT4934- Senior Seminar, PEL3125 – PGA Prep 2, HFT3383 – Advanced Golf MerchandisingCritical Thinking Skills
Graduates will be able to:
- Propose solutions to organizational issues in a golf related facility.
Critical thinking skills are assessed in HFT4934- Senior Seminar, PEL3125 – PGA Prep 2, HFT4381 – Golf Executive Management
Additionally, all PGA Golf Management students must complete program with the following learning outcomes:
Graduates will be able to:
- Integrate knowledge across the core business areas in golf management.
Critical thinking skills are assessed using PGA Knowledge tests, and Work Experience activities completed in class and on Internship in PEL3125 PGA Prep 2, HFT4945 – Internship, PEO 3124 – Director of Golf Instructional Operations and HFT4381 – Golf Executive Management.
Updated February 2014
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The program is Accredited by the PGA of America.
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Admissions Information for the 2019-2020 Catalog Year
If you are not yet an FGCU student, visit the Admissions Office Website
If you are a newly-admitted FGCU student please be sure to sign up for an Eagle View Orientation session. As part of this session you will be meeting with an academic advisor who will assist you in registering for classes for your major.
Program Admission Requirements
PGA Golf Management is a limited access program and qualified students are normally admitted in the fall semester. A spring semester start is contingent upon a consultation with the Program Director and completion of external PGA requirements. 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 found on our webpage. Completed PGM Limited Access Application materials should be sent directly to the PGM office.
- Submit a FGCU Undergraduate Admission Application and satisfy all applicable university admission requirements.
- Submit a PGM Limited Access/Handicap Verification Program Application form directly to the PGA Golf Management Program office.
- Provide proof of playing proficiency to a 12 or lower USGA Handicap to the PGA Golf Management Program office. Verification must be provided in one of the following forms:
(a) Valid USGA Handicap Card
(b) Letter/signature from a PGA Class A Professional in good standing
(c) Letter/signature of playing ability from a high school golf coach with a transcript of 8 school scores
(d) Pass the PGA Playing Ability Test (PAT) less than two (2) years prior to your intended start in the program.
- The Handicap Verification Form may be submitted to PGM office any time prior to your admissions decision, but must be received to be accepted in the program.
Non-U.S. Citizens: International students must complete the admissions process through the International Office at FGCU. Students can complete the degree requirements, however election to PGA Membership requires US Citizenship or Resident Alien status. For further information, please consult with the Program Director.
Transfer students: Transfer students are encouraged to apply. A spring semester start requires consultation with the Program Director and successful completion of external PGA requirements. Please contact the PGM office for additional information: 239-590-7719.
Visit the Admissions Office Web site for information on admission deadlines of the university.
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Official Course Descriptions
Search for official course descriptions by using the Course Description Search utility.
Go to the Course Descriptions Search Web page, then follow these steps:
- Select an Academic Year from the TERM dropdown (required)
- Select a course prefix from one of the SUBJECT dropdowns (required)
- Enter search words in the TEXT field (optional, but will narrow the search results)
- Press Search
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Getting started with the Course Schedule Search
Search for program courses by using the Course Schedule Search utility.
Go to the Course Schedule Search Web page, then follow these steps:
- Select an Academic Year from the TERM dropdown (required)
- Select one or more of the search options to narrow your results (for example, CAMPUS, COLLEGE, DEPARTMENT, LEVEL, PREFIX*, COURSEATTRIBUTE**). For virtual or web courses, select VIRTUAL in the CAMPUS field.
- Press Search.
*A course prefix is a three-letter designator for a major division of an academic discipline (for example, ACG for Accounting , BSC for Biological Science, ENC for English Composition). See the Degree Requirements page for a list of courses (with prefix and number) that can be used to fulfill degree requirements.
**A course attribute identifies specific characteristics of courses that can be used in a Degree Evaluation to satisfy a degree requirement. (Course attribute examples are Humanities courses - GEHM and Social Science courses - GESO.)
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Tuition and Fees:
Information on Tuition, Fees and estimated total Cost of Attendance is available on the Office of the Bursar web site.
Turn your passion into a profession
The PGA of America is offering scholarship awards of $8,000 each to up to five students from diverse backgrounds pursuing a PGA Golf Management University Program degree. Earn your bachelor’s degree in a golf industry compatible major, have the ability to apply for PGA Membership, and earn the right to wear one of the most recognized logos in sports. High school seniors, high school graduates or current undergraduates planning to enroll in, or already enrolled in, fulltime undergraduate study at one of the 18 accredited PGA Golf Management Universities for the entire 2018-19 academic year are encouraged to apply.
Apply at ScholarsApply.org/PGAWORKS
Application Deadline: TBA January
Financial Aid Opportunities:
PGM Tuition Waiver Program for out-of-state students:
- Tuition Waiver Requirements
- Supplemental PGM Program Waiver Application
- FGCU Foundation Scholarship Application
For more information contact Tara McKenna.
Visit FGCU's Financial Aid web site for information about grants, additional scholarships, loans, and student employment.
PGM Specific Fees:
FGCU Program Fee (charged annually to each cohort) - Call for information
*Includes golf course access to host facilities, Swing Performance Lab and Golf Club Alteration lab access and PGA Student Affiliate Fee
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Tara M. McKenna, M.S., PGA
M.S. in Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Psychology concentration), University of North Carolina - Greensboro (1991)
Class A PGA and LPGA Member
Ms. McKenna is conducting collaborative research with Golf Management and Occupational Therapy students using the PGM swing lab technology to measure performance related issues and movement limitations with different golfing populations. She was the recipient of the 2015 SFPGA Section Horton Smith Award for excellence in Association education.
Prior to her academic career, she served as Head Professional of a private club in New England and Teaching Professional in South Florida. She has served on the National PGA Committee for Diversity & Inclusion and served as chairperson for a similar committee in the South Florida PGA Section. Tara is one of 200 women who hold dual certifications in both the PGA and LPGA Club Professional divisions. She enjoys traveling focusing on golf and regional wine exploration.Director, PGA Golf Management and InstructorOffice: Sugden Hall 238 CPhone: 239-590-7717E-mail: email@example.com
Joe M. Groch, M.S., PGA
B.S. in Accounting, St. Joseph’s University (1980)
MPS in Applied Statistics, Hodges University (2013)
Professor Groch is considered an expert in the field of golf management, customer relations, and golf facility analytics. He has written two books on these subjects entitled Effective Golf Management and Satisfaction: The Key to Industry Growth. His published peer reviewed research articles include: GSI-Key to Golfer Retention, Measuring Effective Golf Facilities, Establishing Benchmarks for Success in Golf Facilities, How to Keep Your Members Happy, and Motivating Golf Employees. In additions, he has presented his research at several PGA education seminars and international academic conferences where he has received two International “Best Paper” awards. Professor Groch is a 3-time winner of the PGA’s Horton Smith Award for Excellence in Education and has won numerous awards at FGCU including: Inspirational Teacher of the Year, Excellence in Teaching Ethics, and the President’s Award for Best Research.
Prior to his academic career, Mr. Groch became a PGA Professional in 1994 and served as Director of Golf at the Glades Golf & CC for almost 24 years where he retired with the honorary title of Director of Golf Emeritus. He also worked as Manager of Manufacturing Accounting at Scott Paper Company and created and sold a successful computer company, Micro Business Solutions, in 1990.Instructor I and Player Development Coordinator, PGA Golf Management ProgramOffice: Sugden Hall 238 BPhone: 239-590-1439E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marty Hall, MBA, PGAMarty holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Gulf Coast University, a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame, and is a PGA Certified Professional in General Management. In addition to directing an accredited internship program, Marty assists with general PGM program administration, serves as an adjunct faculty member, and volunteers as an advisor to FGCU’s Club Managers Association of America Student Chapter. Her contributions to PGA Member education and student mentorship programs earned her the South Florida PGA Horton Smith and FGCU Excellence in Mentoring awards. Prior to FGCU, Marty was employed by the Bonita Bay Group as PGA Head Golf Professional at private, 54-hole golf facility. She was also a member of the University of Notre Dame’s Division I Women’s Golf Team.Assistant Director/Internship Coordinator - PGA Golf Management ProgramOffice: Sugden Hall 238 DPhone: 239-590-7694E-mail: email@example.com
Mark Komives, PGA
Mark Komives is a PGA Professional originally from Medina, Ohio. Mark earned a BBA in PGA Golf Management from Campbell University with Summa Cum Laude honors. During his time at Campbell, he served three terms as a board member of the PGM Student Association, volunteered as a School of Business student mentor, and was recognized by the faculty for his academic achievement with a Senior Award of Excellence.
Mark brings a diverse background of work experience in the golf industry, having completed PGM internships at TPC Potomac at Avenal Farm in Potomac, MD; Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy in Orlando, FL; and Boyne Golf Academy and Resorts in Harbor Springs, Michigan. He has also taught professionally with Impact Zone Golf in Naples, Florida and most recently served as an Assistant Golf Professional at Winchester Country Club in Boston, MA.
Mark is a passionate golf instructor who has mentored under multiple Top 50 and Top 100 teachers. He is recognized as a junior golf development expert having worked in top academy and private club junior programs, and holds Level 3 certificates from the Titleist Performance Institute as a Golf Instructor and Junior Golf Coach. He is also certified in the Operation 36 junior development platform, as well as with Trackman, SAM PuttLab, BodiTrak, and Swing Catalyst teaching technologies. His personal research interests include biomechanical 3D swing analysis and short game specific technique and training regimens.
Mark enjoys the great outdoors in his free time and can often be found backpacking or traveling when away from the course. In his role at FGCU as a PGM Program Specialist, he believes in challenging students to develop holistically in academic and professional disciplines in order to best prepare them to grow the game and business of golf for the next generation.Player Development Program SpecialistOffice: Sugden Hall 238 APhone: 239-745-4536E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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