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Honours Bachelor of Business Administration - Golf Management (Co-op)

BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMIN (GOLF MANAGEMENT) Honours Bachelor Degree

What is Honours Bachelor of Business Administration - Golf Management (Co-op)?

This program provides students with a degree-level education in business management with an applied focus on the golf industry. Students will develop the knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, methodologies, current trends, theoretical approaches and assumptions to manage effectively in the golf industry. Graduates are prepared to think critically and innovatively, and to professionally apply business management skills.

Why get an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Golf Management) at Georgian College?

Our four-year honours golf management degree combines unique curriculum and co-op experiences designed to prepare you for a successful career in the diverse and competitive industry of golf management. Program highlights include:

  • Canada’s only degree-level education focused on golf and club management
  • 100 per cent job placement rate
  • Education-based travel – Scotland and Florida excursions included in tuition
  • Three paid co-op work terms in the field
  • Co-op opportunities located across Canada, the US, UK, Asia and beyond
  • 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
  • Playing privileges at many area golf courses
  • Industry-specific courses such as Rules and History of Golf, and Agronomy for the Golf Industry
  • A solid foundation in business with courses in finance, marketing, management, economics and law
  • Pathways to master’s programs at several universities

 

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
BAGM
Length:
4 Years
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
8 Semesters, plus 3 work terms
Credential:
Honours Bachelor Degree
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

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

This program provides students with a degree-level education in business management with an applied focus on the golf industry. Students will develop the knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, methodologies, current trends, theoretical approaches and assumptions to manage effectively in the golf industry. Graduates are prepared to think critically and innovatively, and to professionally apply business management skills.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • research and analyze historic, demographic, and global economic trends that will impact business decision making, planning and marketing


  • create and implement a customer service approach to quality service and customer satisfaction in accordance with accepted ethical practices within the golf industry


  • analyze business situation and industry specific problems from a multi-functional perspective and provide solutions based on the business decision making process and risk management for human, physical and financial resources


  • apply a systematic approach to evaluate the operational strengths and weaknesses of a golf business to implement strategies for improvement while demonstrating entrepreneurial initiative


  • integrate sophisticated academic research skills and methodologies from either the social sciences or arts and humanities to demonstrate a depth of knowledge and application of quantitative and qualitative methods outside of the business discipline


  • critically examine personal biases and paradigmatic approaches, revising attitudes as appropriate, in order to work in a diverse industry which includes a variety of people, cultures and classes


  • integrate the different domains of learning as it relates to the cognitive, affective, and kinesthetic aspects of the golf industry


  • model interpersonal, leadership, and team building skills in diverse settings with critical reflection upon one's own performance


  • provide ethical, accountable and effective professional practices to individuals and groups in the community from a variety of diverse backgrounds


  • evaluate and communicate information, both orally and in writing to a range of audiences.

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 1 | Sem 3 | Sem 4 | Work Term 2 | Sem 5

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Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter | Summer | Fall

2016 | 2017 | 2017 | 2017 | 2018 | 2018 | 2018

Sem 6 | Work Term 3 | Sem 7 | Sem 8

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Winter | Summer | Fall | Winter

2019 | 2019 | 2019 | 2020

OSSD or equivalent with

- minimum overall average of 65 per cent

- six Grade 12 U or M level courses

- Grade 12 English U

- Grade 12 U level Mathematics

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 a minimum overall average of 65 per cent with six Grade 12 U or M level courses, Grade 12 English (U) (ENG4U) and any Grade 12 U level Mathematics.

Students presenting equivalent qualifications will also be considered for admission. A second grade 12 university or university/college Mathematics course is highly recommended.

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

- Any credit Communication course and most credit mathematics taken at Georgian College

- Equivalent courses in English and mathematics taken through secondary school or Independent Learning Centres (at the advanced or university level with a minimum overall average of 65%)

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

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

38 Mandatory Core Courses

3 Mandatory Non-Core Courses

7 Elective Non-Core Courses

3 Co-op Work Terms

Selection is based on academic grades and subject prerequisites; applicants must meet minimum averages to receive final acceptance.

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60 percent or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester, and have an overall average of 65 percent in core courses and 60% in non-core courses.

Mandatory Core Courses
ACTG1000 Introduction to Accounting
ACTG2000 Accounting Applications
BSNS1003 Business Communications
BSNS2001 Ethics for Business
BSNS2004 Organizational Behaviour
BSNS3000 Entrepreneurship and the Business Plan
BSNS3002 Services and Product Innovation
BSNS4001 Service Excellence
BSNS4002 Business Policy Capstone
BSNS4004 Principles of Networking
COSC1000 Computer Studies for Managers in Golf
ECNM1000 Microeconomics
ECNM1001 Macroeconomics
FINC3001 Financial Measurement and Analysis
FINC3003 Corporate Finance
GLFD1000 Golf Etiquette and Game Improvement
GLFD1001 Rules and History of Golf
GLFD2000 Golf Etiquette and Game Improvement 2
GLFD2003 Sales Concepts and Applications for the Golf Industry
GLFD3001 Agronomy for the Golf Industry
GLFD3002 Pro Shop Retail Management
GLFD4001 Golf Course Design and Construction
GLFD4002 Golf Club Administration and Governance
HRMG4000 Human Resource Management
HSPM3000 Food Service Operations Management
HSPM3001 Event Management
HSPM4000 Food Service Control Systems
JURI1000 Legal Aspects in Golf Management
MATS2000 Business Mathematics
MNGM1000 Leadership
MNGM1001 Management Principles
MNGM2001 Project Management
MNGM4001 Inspiring People for / to Exceptional Performance
MNGM4008 Management of Service-Based Organizations
MRKT1000 Introduction to Marketing
MRKT1001 Consumer Behaviour
MRKT1002 Marketing
MRKT3001 Marketing Analysis
Mandatory Non-Core Courses
INTS1002 Introduction to Multidisciplinary Research
PSYC1000 Introduction to Psychology 1
PSYC3000 Applied Sport Psychology
Elective Non-Core Courses
To be selected from College list
Co-op Work Terms

COOP1024 Golf Degree Work Term 1
COOP2019 Golf Degree Work Term 2
COOP3011 Golf Degree Work Term 3

This college has been granted consent by the Minister of Training Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a five-year term starting June 25, 2015. The college shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Non-core courses are required in all degree programs to meet the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities benchmark for depth and breadth in degree-level learning. These courses are designed to give students the tools to develop interdisciplinary perspectives that inform their approach to their own discipline, their continued education and their life outside work.

Students are required to take: at least one first year interdisciplinary course (INTS1xxx); two introductory courses in their choice of disciplines outside their main field of study, which may include psychology (PSYC1001 or 1002), social science (SOCI1000), humanities (HUMA1000), or science (SCEN1000); one advanced course in a discipline (ex. PSYC3xxx, SOSC3xxx, HUMA3xxx), and; one upper level interdisciplinary course (INTS4xxx). These courses and any remaining non-core course requirements to be selected from the program list.

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Year:

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Student in suit and tie is shown in the lobby of the exclusive Hamilton Golf and Country Club.

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Executive Assistant to the COO, Hamilton Golf and Country Club

Program:

Bachelor of Business (Golf Management)

Year:

2012


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Alumnus Mike Fudge in a golf supply store

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Bachelor of Business – Golf Management

Year:

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Program:

Bachelor of Business – Golf Management

Year:

2013


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James Skrypec

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Bachelor of Business (Golf Management)

Year:

2013


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4th-year student James Skrypec (left) and then world #1 Ranked golfer Luke Donald at his 2011 co-op at Castle Stuart Golf Links, Scotland
4th-year student James Skrypec (left) and then world #1 Ranked golfer Luke Donald at his 2011 co-op at Castle Stuart Golf Links, Scotland

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

A key component of this degree program is our unique approach to this co-op work experience: students undertake three co-op experiences over the course of the four-year program – one in turf operations, one in golf operations and the third in clubhouse operations. As a result, students graduate with at least 2,280 hours of practical work experience in all areas of a golf course operations.

The intent of this unique co-op structure is to prepare our graduates for management positions in the golf industry. Having hands-on experience in the three major sectors of a typical golf club business is critical to a future manager’s skill set.

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 coordinators to assist in 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.

 

A large group of golf course owners and students pose together
The class of 2013 hosted the National Golf Course Owner’s Association

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, ON
  • Beacon Hall Golf and Country Club, ON
  • St. Andrews Links Trust, Scotland
  • TPC Sawgrass, FL
  • Murfield Village, OH
  • Castle Stuart Golf Links, Scotland
  • Fairmont Banff Springs and Jasper Park Lodge, AB
  • Orange County National, FL
  • Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club, BC
  • Laguna National Golf & Country Club, Singapore
  • Bandon Dunes Resort, OR
  • Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club & Lodge, FL
  • Country Club of North Carolina, Pinehurst, NC
  • 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 Owner’s Association
  • Canadian Society of Club Managers
  • Canadian Golf Course Superintendent’s Association
  • GTA Amateur Tour

Graduates of our four-year golf management degree program can expect to secure positions as golf professionals, teaching professionals, directors of golf operations, assistant managers, clubhouse managers, golf project managers, golf retail managers, manufacturer’s account representatives, golf association executive staff, etc. In addition to these on-course positions, degree students will have a wide variety of off-course opportunities within the golf industry as well.

Students in the golf programs 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 by the golf program throughout the indoor season, giving our students an opportunity to not only socialize and play golf with their classmates, but 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

V1 Teaching Software TOMI Putting Analysis

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

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

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