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Instructor reviewing data with with PGM student in the A image of two instructors working with a golfer in the Golf Teaching and Research Center.

If you’ve always wanted to pursue a career that aligns with your love of the sport of golf, we encourage you to consider the PGA Professional Golf Management option of the Penn State RPTM major.

This option not only helps students prepare for a variety of careers within the golf industry, but it also meets the standards and accreditation by the Professional Golf Association of America (PGA) — placing our students on a fast track to full PGA membership.

Watch the Penn State PGA Professional Golf Management video

This option focuses on a core curriculum of hospitality management and turf grass management courses, in addition to a strong business focus drawn from several nationally recognized academic disciplines across the university. Stepping outside the classroom, experiences can include working at or visiting golf courses around the world, where you learn firsthand how to deliver golf instruction and gain experience in retail and facility management.

Since 1990, the PGA has accredited the Penn State PGA Golf Management Program.

If golf is your passion, make it your career

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the golf industry, you may be interested in the PGA Professional Golf Management option. This option not only helps students prepare for careers in the golf industry, but it also meets the standards and accreditation by the Professional Golf Association of America (PGA). This helps students to fast track to full PGA membership. Courses in the option focus on business as well as hospitality management and turf grass management. The experiences beyond the classroom can include working at or visiting golf courses around the world. There you can learn first-hand how to deliver golf instruction and gain experience in retail and facility management.

PGA Golf Management

Program Overview

Our program boasts a 100-percent placement, and our strong alumni network can help provide students internship opportunities and connections in the industry. Plus, being endorsed by the PGA allows you to fast track to full PGA membership while obtaining an undergraduate degree from Penn State. Since 1990, the PGA of America has accredited the Penn State PGA Golf Management Program, which helps you prepare for a career in golf management. In addition to the core curriculum, the program has a strong business focus and is drawn from several nationally recognized academic disciplines on campus. Courses from Smeal College of Business Administration, Hospitality Management, Turfgrass Management, and Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management will complement your general education courses such as English, math, science, arts, humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.