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Online Golf Management Schools and Courses

Review your online and hybrid options for studying golf management. Find out how online courses work, and get info on choosing a school. Explore some of the course topics you'd study as a golf management student. Learn about your job options in the field.

What You Need to Know

While rare, it's possible to obtain a degree in golf management through a partially online program. Online courses and programs deliver content via e-mail and recorded video lectures. You'll likely need a cable internet connection and multimedia plug-ins to access these materials and turn in class assignments. Most programs also require an in-person field experience.

Programs Associate's degrees; bachelor's degrees are more common
Schools Check out online programs and/or schools approved by the PGA
Classes Turfgrass management, sports history, recreation leadership, tournament management, and marketing, among others

What Kind of Golf Management Programs Are Available to Me?

While associate's degrees are available, online programs usually grant bachelor's degrees in golf management or golf enterprise management through a university's business school. Other programs are available through a school's parks and recreation department. These can include hybrid programs offering online introductory courses in recreation, statistics and economics.

How Do I Choose a School?

You might want to check out online or hybrid golf management programs approved by the Professional Golfers' Association (www.pga.com). Graduates of these programs have a 100% job placement record. However, you'll need to have a golf handicap under 12.0 to be admitted.

When selecting a school, you may also want to make sure you can meet off-campus program requirements. Even online programs require you to complete field experiences or internships before graduating. If you select a hybrid program, you'll need to make sure your personal and professional obligations will allow you to complete on-campus course requirements.

Some schools with online golf management programs include:

  • North Carolina State University
  • University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
  • University of Wisconsin - Stout
  • Keiser University

What Classes Will I Take?

Bachelor's degree programs in golf management can include coursework about marketing, hospitality management and human resources management. Golf management programs also can include courses such as:

  • Player instruction
  • Turfgrass management
  • Sports history
  • Recreation leadership
  • Golf course layout
  • Tournament management
  • Player development

What Can I Do With This Degree?

According to the Professional Golfers' Association, a golf management degree can prepare you for a job as a golf instructor or coach, golf retail manager, tournament director, equipment specialist or golf director. You could work at a public course, private golf club, resort, college university or retail shop.