Center for Performance Psychology




Associate of Science Major in Professional Golf Management

Faculty Advisor: Sarah Castillo * (760) 268-1584 * scastillo@nu.edu

The Associate of Science in Professional Golf Management will prepare students for careers in Professional Golf Course Management and provide learners with a fundamental understanding of the knowledge and skills required for introductory positions in the golf industry. The coursework focuses upon managerial competencies, and an understanding of the importance of the concepts of wellness and peak performance.

This major provides:

  • A broad-based core of administrative competencies coupled with essential sports management fundamentals oriented to the field of golf;
  • An introductory understanding of the processes that enable specific administrative functions in the recreation and golf industry;
  • A foundation in applied academic rudiments required to include critical thinking, writing, and communication skills required in today’s recreational golf industry;
  • Knowledge and skill building in the areas of instruction and player development; and
  • Professional management skills and exposure to the golf industry.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Identify fundamental business support activities, theoretical and practical, related to golf management;
  • Recognize ethical issues as they apply to cross-functional management activities in the golf industry;
  • Identify current and emerging trends in the golf industry in marketing, branding, finance, and the evolving customer base;
  • Recognize the importance of diversity and multiculturalism in the global golf industry;
  • Demonstrate communication skills appropriate for golf management professionals; and
  • Apply analytical and critical thinking skills in understanding the complex network of challenges and opportunities associated with the burgeoning recreational golfing market.

Degree Requirements
To receive the Associate of Science degree in Professional Golf Management students must complete at least 90 quarter units, 31.5 of which must be taken in residence at National University. The General Education requirements can be found in the General Education section of this addendum. In the absence of transfer credit additional electives may be needed to fulfill the overall units required for the degree. Please refer to the section on undergraduate admissions in the university catalog for further information on admission and evaluation.

Preparation for the Major (1 course; 4.5 quarter units)
PSY 100* Introduction to Psychology
* May be used to meet a General Education requirement

Requirements for the Major (9 courses; 42 quarter units)
PGM 101 Philosophy of Coaching
PGM 100 History of Sport
PGM 200 Personnel Dev & Human Relation
PGM 202 Sustainable Golf & Turf Mgmt (6 quarter units)
PGM 102 Facility Operations
PGM 103 Acctg and Business Practices
PGM 203 Instruction & Player Dev
PGM 213 Merchandising & Invent Mgmt
PGM 220 Adv Sem. Instr. Player Develop


Center for Performance Psychology is an affiliate of the National University System.