College of St. Joseph’s Golf Course Management major is designed to prepare students to pursue careers at public and private golf courses.

The Golf Course Management program is the only PGA level 3 program in New England, and provides graduates with an in-depth knowledge of golf and golf course operations, golf instruction, clubhouse management and more.

CourseCreditsDescription

Golf Course Management Requirements

PGM101 Intro to Golf Operations I3Provides students with fundamental knowledge, theory, and application of golf course management. Students study PGA history and constitution, the rules of golf, and tournament operations. Successful completion of PGA qualifying and level 1 testing is necessary for advancement in the major.
PGM102 Intro to Golf Operations II2Provides students with fundamental knowledge, theory, and application of golf course management. Students study PGA history and constitution, the rules of golf, and tournament operations. Successful completion of PGA qualifying and level 1 testing is necessary for advancement in the major.
PGM105 Food Sanitation1
PGM111 Player Development1
PGM201 Intermediate Golf Course Operations I3Provides students with knowledge, theory, and application of golf merchandising and inventory management. Topics include golf shop, play on the course, golf cart fleet, practice range, and caddie programs.
PGM202 Intermediate Golf Course Operations II2Provides students with knowledge, theory, and application of golf merchandising and inventory management. Topics include golf shop, play on the course, golf cart fleet, practice range, and caddie programs.
PGM206 Turf Grass Management4Provides students with knowledge, theory, and application of fundamental concepts of turf management as it relates to golf courses. Topics include aeration, watering, mowing, and design. Students learn the role of golf course superintendent and customer relations. This course includes a lab that is on-site at a course.
PGM301 Intermediate Golf Course Instruction and Club Customization3Building in the content of Level 1 teaching, this course focuses on feedback practice and how they affect on-course performance. Students learn a variety of teaching methods for different learning styles and different populations. Club customization focuses on club performance due to shaft, grip, and head angle as it relates to individual needs.
PGM306 Pest Management4Provides students with knowledge, theory, and application of fundamental concepts in pest control. Topics are pest control in turf, plants, and animals.
PGM401 Clubhouse Management I3Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to manage a successful clubhouse operation. Skills include food and beverage operation, food costs, inventory control, menu planning, staffing, and coordinating with operations. This course will illustrate the contribution of club house activities to the business of golf course management.
PGM402 Clubhouse Management II3Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to manage a successful clubhouse operation. Skills include food and beverage operation, food costs, inventory control, menu planning, staffing, and coordinating with operations. This course will illustrate the contribution of club house activities to the business of golf course management.
BUS101 Introduction to Business 3This introductory course provides the student with an overview of business and its
environment. Topics include business trends, globalization, forms of ownership, business law, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, human resource management,
marketing, decision making, accounting, finance, business ethics, and social
responsibility.
BUS102 Business Math3Teaches practical applications and skills which will be useful in a business career and in
functioning as a concerned consumer. Subjects of study include: bank reconciliation,
payroll, use of percents, simple interest, annuities, present value, future value, taxes,
mark up and mark down, and financial statement analysis. Satisfies General Education math requirement.
BUS203 Business Communications 3Investigates the role of effective communication in the continuously changing organizational environment. Topics include communicating in the workplace, small
groups and teams, listening and non-verbal communication, email messages, report
writing, memoranda, letters, résumé preparation, job interviews, and formal
presentations.
BUS205 Principles of Management3Introduces basic management principles used in the organizational environment. The
four management functions studied are planning, organizing, leading and controlling.
Other topics include the evolution of management theory, ethics, social responsibility,
diversity, organizational structure, human resource management, motivation, leadership,
groups and teams, communication, organizational conflict and change, operations
management, information systems and technology, innovation, product development,
and entrepreneurship.
BUS216 Human Resource Management3Presents the personnel responsibilities of both the line managers and the human resource
department. Covers the specific subjects of equal employment laws and regulations,
recruiting, selecting, training, and evaluating employees. Also, salaries, incentives, and
empowerment are covered.
BUS303 Business Law3Investigates the essential elements of business law and the legal environment. Topics include introduction to civil and criminal law, business ethics, the judicial system, torts,
negligence, strict liability, contracts, Uniform Commercial Code, negotiable
instruments, agency, business associations, intellectual property, employment law,
consumer and environmental law, property, and legal case analysis.
BUS307 Organizational Behavior3Examines individuals, groups, and intergroup relations that occur within an organizational environment. Topics include leadership, motivation, and conflict
resolution.
BUS309 Marketing3Examines the foundations of marketing principles with application of marketing concepts of the present and future. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical
thinking skills, ethics, and competition while studying the topics of market analysis,
target marketing, product pricing, strategic promotion, and distribution.
BUS440 Business Policy: Strategic Management3A capstone course for Business majors utilizes a case study approach to address contemporary issues in overall business management. It provides senior business majors an opportunity to demonstrate and enhance situation analysis and problem
resolution skills through the application of knowledge from all spheres of business
activity (e.g., management, accounting, marketing, and computers).
ACC101 Financial Accounting3Introduces students to generally accepted accounting principles and accounting process
with regards to corporations, partnerships, and sole-proprietorships. The basic concepts,
principles, and techniques used to generate accounting data, financial statements and the
interpretation and use of financial data to enhance the decision-making process are
covered.
ACC102 Managerial Accounting3This course covers materials relating to the accounting cycle and the preparation of a
basic set of financial statements. Emphasis on the analysis and interpretation of
accounting reports including ratios and cash flow analysis. The use of accounting
information for managerial planning, control, and decision-making through budgeting, cost and variance analyses, and responsibility accounting.
ECO207 Macroeconomic Principles3Presents the basic principles of macroeconomics including supply and demand. The
course examines the national economy and its main components. Various theories of
inflation, unemployment and GDP growth are explored, as well as the tools of macroeconomic principles. The role of the federal budget, money supply, interest rates in economic stabilization policies, global economic factors and international trade are emphasized.
CIS305 Spreadsheet Applications Microsoft Excel3Discusses business oriented data management techniques using Microsoft Excel
electronic spreadsheet. Topics include: planning a spreadsheet, entering labels, values, formulae, and functions; macros, databases, and graphics will also be covered.
SPM315 Sports Facility Management3Introduces the theoretical concepts and the practical reality of designing, operating, and managing sports facilities. Topics include planning and design issues, facility
management, risk management, and event planning.
SPM401 Legal Aspects of Sports Management3Familiarizes students through the use of court cases with the application of legal
principles as they apply to professional and amateur sports. Topics include tort and
criminal liability, contract law, and constitutional law.
SPM410 Financial Implications of Sports Management 3Provides an overview of the sources of funding (public and private), legal issues related
to sports financing, and taxation concerns related to the sports industry. Topics include
use of revenue generation (charged admissions, food services, concessions and naming
rights), public resources in private facilities, sponsorships, and budgeting and expense
control. The completion of a business plan is required.
SPM421 Internship3Provides a student with practical experience in an approved sports management setting
at a local organization. Evaluation is determined by the instructor in coordination with
local business supervisor.

General Education Core

General Education Core40
Total120