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Golf Facilities Operation Management (Co-op)

Golf Facilities Operation Management (Co-op) Ontario College Diploma, Co-op

What is Golf Facilities Operation Management (Co-op)?

This four semester program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the Golf sector of the Hospitality industry. The Golf Facilities Operation Management program blends theoretical concepts taught in the classroom with practical learning opportunities gained through exposure to various golf facilities in North America. The first year of the program is a general introduction to the elements necessary to work within this highly competitive sector. Topics include Introduction to Golf, History and Rules, Golf Skills Improvement, Golf Equipment, Storage and Repair and Hospitality Industry Certifications. Industry specific courses in the second year including Golf Operations, Policies and Procedures, Introduction to Golf Facilities and Issues and Trends in Golf Operations prepare students for the positions they will fulfill when they enter the industry.

Why study Golf Facilities Operation Management at Georgian College?

Our two-year diploma program combines unique curriculum and co-op experiences and is designed to prepare you for a successful career in the diverse and competitive industry of golf facilities operations management. Program highlights include:

  • Job-ready in two years
  • One paid co-op work term of 22 weeks
  • One-week comprehensive course delivered in Florida (included in tuition)
  • Instructional staff of industry experts
  • State-of-the-art indoor golf instructional lab (HD golf simulator, V1 teaching software, TOMI putting analysis)
  • Field trips to numerous golf properties, associations and manufacturers
  • Additional industry certifications included in the curriculum
  • Playing privileges at many local golf courses
  • Unique pathway to our four-year degree program, Bachelor of Business (Golf Management)

Questions? Need more information? Please contact our program co-ordinator.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
GLFO
Length:
2 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
4 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

Contact:
Tim Zado
Email:
Tim.Zado@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1238

This four semester program is designed to prepare graduates for employment in the Golf sector of the Hospitality industry. The Golf Facilities Operation Management program blends theoretical concepts taught in the classroom with practical learning opportunities gained through exposure to various golf facilities in North America. The first year of the program is a general introduction to the elements necessary to work within this highly competitive sector. Topics include Introduction to Golf, History and Rules, Golf Skills Improvement, Golf Equipment, Storage and Repair and Hospitality Industry Certifications. Industry specific courses in the second year including Golf Operations, Policies and Procedures, Introduction to Golf Facilities and Issues and Trends in Golf Operations prepare students for the positions they will fulfill when they enter the industry.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • select and apply appropriate and relevant practices necessary for the day-to-day maintenance of a golf operation


  • enhance relationships with facility stakeholders through the implementation of effective customer service strategies


  • identify and utilize principles of supervision necessary to assist with the effective execution of pro-shop operations and the organization of special events


  • contribute to the effective and efficient management of other golf operations including food and beverage operations by identifying and applying requisite skills


  • assess the impact of provincial, national, and/or global trends and events on golfing and recreation, in order to effectively contribute to the overall operational effectiveness and efficiency of the facility.

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website: www.georgiancollege.ca/student-services/co-op-and-career-services/students-tab/

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Fall Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2 | Work Term | Sem 3 | Sem 4

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Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018

OSSD or equivalent with

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

You must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to these programs:

Secondary school applicants:

- OSS curriculum: OSSD or equivalent, with Grade 12 English (C) or (U) (ENG4C, ENG4U)

Non-Secondary school applicants (19 years or older):

- Any credit Communication course taken at Georgian College

- College preparatory programs including those taken at Georgian College: Hospitality Skills and General Arts and Science*

- Equivalent courses in English taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)

- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program with communications

- Mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through most testing services)*

- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)

- English, Literature or Communication credit courses from accredited colleges/universities

Home school applicants:

- Applicants can write the mature student testing in English that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)*

* available from Georgian College. For a complete listing please contact the Office of the Registrar.

18 Mandatory Courses

2 Communications Courses

3 General Education Courses

1 Co-op Work Terms

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Mandatory Courses

ACCT1013 Accounting Fundamentals
COMP1014 Computer Applications
COMP2029 Advanced Computer Gold Applications
GOLF1000 Introduction to Golf, History and Rules
GOLF1001 Golf Equipment, Storage and Repair
GOLF1002 Golf Skills Improvement
GOLF1003 Industry Relationships
GOLF2000 Turf, Renovation, Construction
GOLF2001 Fundamentals of Golf Swing
GOLF2002 Golf Operations, Policies and Procedures
GOLF2003 Introduction to Golf Facilities
GOLF2004 Issues and Trends in Golf Operations
GOLF3000 Corporate Golf Event Planning
MKTG1000 Introduction to Marketing
TOUR1004 Professional Customer Service
TOUR1007 Hospitality Industry Certifications
TOUR1008 Introduction to Hospitality Services
TOUR2001 Supervision in the Hospitality and Tourism Industry
Communications Courses

To be selected at time of registration from the College list, as determined by testing.
General Education Courses

To be selected from College list
Co-op Work Terms

COOP1009 Golf Work Term 1
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Alumnus Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

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Program:

Golf Facilities Operation Management

Year:

2003


My education at Georgian College coupled with my relationship with its Program Co-ordinator, Brad Doey and the Professional Golf Management program has proven to be the primary fuel for the passion I have in making a difference in students’ lives through the game of golf. Read more...

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Tim Zado

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Alumnus Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Director of Sport Development, National Golf in Schools Program

Program:

Golf Facilities Operation Management

Year:

2003


My education at Georgian College coupled with my relationship with its Program Co-ordinator, Brad Doey and the Professional Golf Management program has proven to be the primary fuel for the passion I have in making a difference in students’ lives through the game of golf. Read more...

As a critical part of the program, co-operative work experiences provide our students with hands-on industry experience and are also an excellent networking opportunity.

The program requires one co-op work term as part of its curriculum. This co-op is designed to be student-centred and flexible. Although most students choose to work at golf course facilities, students may also choose to work in any number of golf industry-related positions.

Where students get their co-operative work experience is up to them. Some choose to work close to home, while others travel far afield. Wherever our students wish to work, we have dedicated co-op co-ordinators to assist in their job search.

Our students have worked at some of the world’s top golf, resort and country club facilities, such as:

  • Castle Stuart Golf Links – Inverness, Scotland
  • Muirfield Village Golf Club – Dublin, Ohio
  • TPC Sawgrass – Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
  • The National Golf Club of Canada – Woodbridge, Ont.
  • Bandon Dunes Golf Resort – Bandon, Ore.
  • Beacon Hall Golf Cub – Aurora, Ont.
  • Hamilton Golf and Country Club – Hamilton, Ont.
  • Mississaugua Golf and Country Club – Mississaugua, Ont.
  • Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course – Banff, Alta.
  • Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge – Jasper, Alta.
  • Country Club of North Carolina – Pinehurst, N.C.

Staff and faculty of this program are widely connected throughout the industry. Below are just a few examples of the organizations we work with.

  • The National Golf Club of Canada, Ont.
  • Beacon Hall Golf and Country Club, Ont.
  • St. Andrews Links Trust, Scotland
  • TPC Sawgrass, Fla.
  • Murfield Village, Ohio
  • Castle Stuart Golf Links, Scotland
  • Fairmont Banff Springs and Jasper Park Lodge, Alta.
  • Orange County National, Fla.
  • Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, B.C.
  • Laguna National Golf & Country Club, Singapore
  • Bandon Dunes Resort, Ore.
  • Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, Fla.
  • Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst, N.C.
  • TaylorMade/Adidas
  • Acushnet
  • Puma
  • Cobra
  • Greg Norman
  • Loft 8
  • Nicklaus Design
  • The Golf Channel
  • British Golf Museum
  • HD Golf Simulators
  • V1 Golf
  • Full Swing Golf Simulators
  • The Old Course Hotel
  • Golf Canada
  • Golf Association of Ontario
  • PGA of Canada
  • National Golf Course Owners Association
  • Canadian Society of Club Managers
  • Canadian Golf Course Superintendents Association
  • GTA Amateur Tour

Graduates of our new two-year diploma program get positions in: golf shops, merchandising, tournament coordination, back shop supervision, golf leagues and special events, golf equipment retail, golf hard goods and soft goods manufacturer’s representatives.

Students in our golf program have access to an industry-leading, state-of-the-art golf simulator and instructional software package in our on-campus golf lab.

Our simulator, High Definition Golf, is utilized in the golf program throughout the indoor season, giving our students an opportunity to not only socialize and play golf with their classmates, but also to learn about this leading-edge technology.

To complement the HD golf simulator, students are also exposed to our V1 full-swing teaching software program and the TOMI putting analysis system.

www.hdgolf.com

www.v1golf.com

www.tomi.com

Practicing in the HD Golf Simulator
HD Golf Simulator

TOMI Putting Analysis
TOMI Putting Analysis

V1 Teaching Software
VI Teaching Software

 

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Tim Zado
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext. 1238

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