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BA (Hons) Golf Management

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. The course provides a management-focused golf programme and is designed to develop awareness and ability in corporate management, giving students the skills and confidence necessary to manage others in the golf industry.

The modules studied allow for the analysis of management issues underpinning golf. An ethos of career planning and development runs through the curriculum, in order to develop employability and prepare students for a successful career in the UK or overseas. A Golf Management Project is also included in the final year of the programme, enabling students to produce a detailed piece of academic research relating to the golf industry.

The course is designed to enable successful students to analyse key academic themes and critically evaluate the wide range of management issues within different sectors of the golf industry.

Course modules

Year 1

Academic and Professional Skills

This module provides students with first-hand experience where students will use their industry environment to develop practical and technical skills. Students will record and reflect on their own personal development during the module

An Introduction to Golf Course Design and Agronomy

This module will provide the student with the underpinning knowledge and allow for the acquisition of skills necessary to achieve the outcome of an effective golf course playing surface

Applied Golf Science and Technology (Double module)

The module will identify a range of scientific advances made relating to the game of golf and how these have impacted on the game. The aim of this module is to develop and introduce students to the various designs and materials of club heads and their effects on ball flight and player performance. The importance of taking into account the correct combination of the clubs various components is considered. The regulations that the golfing authorities make and the requirements of the manufacturers is considered

Introduction to Golf Business

To provide an overview of the role of an entrepreneurship, marketing and a critical understanding of the management of golf events and further develop appropriate event management skills from planning, organisation and the delivery of a golf event.

Golf Retail and Marketing

The aim of this module is to provide an understanding and knowledge of the extent of the golf retailing business. Many issues will be developed in the student, enabling their own investigation in to this dynamic sector including investigate and analysis the structure of the golf retailing sector, identifying the key issues in the retail of golf products and services and recommend improved retailing strategies. This module also aims at exploring strategies and supporting concepts in a sports marketing context to provide students with knowledge understanding in relation to relevant golf products/services.

Year 2

Golf Club Operations

This module will provide an overview of the range of different facilities which might be provided at golf clubs. The student will also examine the staffing, operation and maintenance of facilities

Human Resource Management for Golf

This will enable the student to examine the organisational structures and potential aims and objectives of golf related business. It also aims to study working human resource relationships and their contribution to effective management.

Professional Golf Practice

The student will evaluate the impact of scientific and technological advances in the game of golf through practical application and personal development.

Sports Event Management

This is about understanding the planning and organisation of golfing events. The module content provides the theoretical knowledge of event planning and management which is then applied to the task of planning/managing and funding/resourcing a student-led golf event

Research Development

Building on theory explored throughout the course the aim of this module is to develop the ability of students to undertake investigative research and underpin dissertation and double project work at Level 6. The module will focus upon information-related academic and market research skills, research methodology, data collection techniques, data analysis and writing skills.

Year 3

International Golf Developments

This module analyses the range of professional and amateur golf tours and the associate roles in their operation and development. It will also assess the impact and consequences of tourism and golf developments on the globalisation of golf.

Sports Development in Golf (Option)

The aim of this module is to develop a critical understanding of the range of perspectives on social policy and the contemporary debates on the development of sport/leisure policy. It will enable students to critically evaluate the impact of policy on the development and implementation of strategies in sports organisations.

The Golf Business

This module will provide an overview of such things as entrepreneurship, marketing and a critical understanding of the management of golf events and further develop appropriate event management skills from planning, organisation and the delivery of a golf event.

Contemporary Issues in Golf (Option)

This module explores the theory and practice of such elements as drugs in golf, player management and equality in the world of golf and the impact of media on golf will also be analysed.

Golf Management Project (Option)

The aim of this module is to build on the research skills acquired from the research development module to produce an extended piece of work in a golf management related area of study.

Dissertation (Double module Option)

This module will provide an opportunity to pursue an in-depth study of the student's own choice which is related to their substantive areas of study. Students will work independently, under limited supervision, in order to develop and demonstrate their academic skills and abilities. The dissertation will normally be based on an academic topic using primary and/or secondary data collection techniques. In both cases academic theory is to be reviewed and applied to the research topic.

Golf Industry Consultancy

This module aims to consolidate personal competencies in a wide range of areas associated with work activity and practice in order to ensure an effective transition from higher education to work. It will include: to maintain a commitment to continuing professional development which will continue beyond the requirements of the course into the work situation as a career skill, to ensure an effective job search has been undertaken in order to match personal skills, abilities and achievements with potential career paths and employers; to provide opportunities for students to further develop transferable skills for an effective role in the workplace.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at Grade C (4) or above (including Maths and English or equivalent)

Plus 104 UCAS Tariff points from one or more of the following:

• 3 A-levels (A2) at C or above

• BTEC/C&G Level 3

• 4 Scottish Highers at C or above

• 4 Irish Highers at C or above

• International Baccalaureate at 24 points

AS levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma and Scottish Intermediate 2s may be used to contribute to entry requirements but they are not sufficient for entry on their own. Alternative equivalent qualifications will also be considered positively.

Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Certificated and/or Experiential Learning (APCL/APEL) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants for whom English is a second language must be able to demonstrate proof of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) at level 6.0 (with no component score lower than 5.5) or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview

Learning and assessment

Learning activities on the course are diverse, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and workshops.

Students are expected to undertake extensive independent study and research to support lectures, seminars and assessments. Group work and group presentations form an important part of the course. Students will have access to specialist IT hardware and software, an on-line learning environment and reference facility.

Students will complete a variety of assessments including examinations and tests, practical assessments, essays, presentations, reports and group work.


The course aims to provide a programme of golf management education which will enable degree holders to analyse key academic themes in the subject area and critically evaluate the wide range of management issues within different sectors of the Golf Industry, which will therefore prepare them for a successful career in the UK or overseas. The course promotes an ethos of self-development and reflection throughout the curriculum in order to foster that greater personal awareness and confidence necessary to manage others. The course is designed with the intention that its graduates will be able to function effectively at a managerial level within the Golf Industry. Modular content emphasises the importance of career development and planning throughout.

Special requirements

Extra Costs:

Additional costs for items that are essential for the course include:

  • Student corporate clothing - £75.00

Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:

  • Dunhill Links Championship, St Andrews (PGA European Tour) - £100.00
  • Turkish Airlines Open, Antalya (PGA European Tour) - £625.00
  • BMW PGA Championship, Wentworth (PGA European Tour) - £120.00
  • Warm Weather Training Camp, Vilamoura, Portugal - £725.00
  • Golf Course (Myerscough College GC) Membership - £49.00
  • Annual Locker Hire - £10
  • Collegiate / Prospects Tour Membership - £100 (+ fee per qualifying event)

UCLan Sports Scholarship

The University of Central Lancashire offers opportunities for student athletes to be supported with their aspirations of maintaining their playing career whilst also studying for a high-quality degree. Our panel will consider applicants as part of the admissions cycle and will offer support to those they feel will make a valuable contribution to the University’s sporting objectives. Find out more and how to apply on their website