• Golf Management

    Turn your passion into a career by earning a diploma in Golf Management. You’ll learn the skills that will prepare you for entry-level employment at public and private golf courses and for advancement into a range of positions in the golfing industry.


Golf Management

M State's Golf Management diploma combines classroom study with practical on-the-job experience to prepare you to become a leader in this exciting field. The program includes courses in management, marketing, business, finance and customer service that serve as a foundation for the business aspects of managing golf course operations.

The 60-credit program is taught on the Fergus Falls campus, home of the national champion Spartan golf team. Golf Management students are welcome to compete for the M State golf teams. The men's team claimed the national championship in 2012 and ranked in the top five nationally in each of the next three years. The home golf course for the Spartans and the Golf Management program is Pebble Lake Golf Course, a beautiful 18-hole championship facility in Fergus Falls.

M State also has partnered with the Fergus Falls School District to provide collegiate golfers and Golf Management students with year-round use of the school district's indoor Foresight simulator, which provides swing analysis on the driving range and course simulations with more than 45 courses.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Manage golf facilities and staff
  • Create and administer a course budget
  • Coordinate golf course operations
  • Manage equipment operations
  • Direct turf and non-turf management practices
  • Learn environmentally sound techniques for course and turf management
  • Develop and implement marketing plans
  • Comply with regulatory and legal issues


Why M State

  • Exceptional educational value
  • Small class sizes
  • Personalized, hands-on instruction
  • Internships provide on-the-job experience
  • Chance to participate as a member of the Spartan golf teams
  • Academic scholarships available

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Golf Management Diploma
Locations: Fergus Falls

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Meet the faculty

Rick Odden
Golf Faculty
Fergus Falls
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Kent Quamme
Business Instructor
Fergus Falls
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General and Operations Manager regional wage

General and Operations Manager regional wage


Career opportunities

Graduates will find career opportunities in managing golf course operations, coordinating golf shop operations, directing turf and non-turf management practices, overseeing maintenance of golf facilities and equipment, and promoting golf as a life-long pastime and skill.

Description: Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.

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All career data is set to your current geographical area: up to 100 miles away from Fergus Falls


General and Operations Manager employment

5,885 Employed in your area

238 Estimated annual job openings

1,347 Approaching retirement age

The average retirement age in the U.S. is 65 years old. General and Operations Managers in the 55-64 and the 65+ categories are 1-10 years away from retirement. When older workers retire, there will likely be a demand for new workers.

Age Group # of Workers % of Workers*
under 25 109 2%
25-34 1,099 19%
35-44 1,522 26%
45-54 1,808 31%
55-64 1,144 19%
65+ 203 3%

* Based on county-level occupational demographics


Required Golf Management courses

  • Rules of Golf
  • Golf Course Club Repair
  • Tournament Operations
  • Golf Fundamentals and Methods
  • Pro Shop Operations and Management
  • Turf Management
  • Golf Internship
  • Fundamentals of Golf Instruction

Learn More

· Visit minnesota.edu/programs

· Call 877.450.3322

Last modified: June 16th, 2015 at 01:02pm