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Certificate Programs

The only program of its kind in Georgia, PGM students receive a Bachelors of Business Administration with a certificate in Professional Golf Management.

    To be admitted to this program, students must have a golf handicap of 12 or better. The curriculum includes an internship at one of several top golf courses in the southeast, player ability and performance improvement tests, as well as a variety of management, marketing, and accounting courses. Graduating students are prepared for several occupations including Golf Course Professional, Professional Golf Shop Manager, Club General Manager, Golf Course Design, and a College Golf Coach, as well as many others. Southwestern’s School of Business is accredited by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the highest standard of achievement for business schools, worldwide.

    The Certificate Program in PGM meshes the BBA degree curriculum with classes in golf specific areas, including:

    • Teaching the Game
    • Game Improvement
    • Club Repair and Fitting
    • Rules and Tournaments
    • Merchandising
    • Golf Car Management
    • Food and Beverage  Operations
    • Turfgrass
    • Career Development

    The four-year program includes six months of internship, along with  completing the PGA’s Pre-Qualifying Level. Certification also requires students to attain the minimum standard for apprenticeship registration for playing ability through the PGA’s Playing Ability Test.

    Entering students must be accepted by the university and submit verification of a 15.0 handicap index or better. PGM scholarships are available for qualifying students.

    The Facilities

    The 18-hole course and practice facilities at Griffin Bell  Golf and Conference Center are conveniently located near campus. The facilities feature a practice range, two pitching greens, a practice bunker, and a putting green. With unlimited practice and playing privileges, PGM students at GSW have many great opportunities to work on improving their own games.

    The course has just had the back nine greens and both pitching greens renovated to Champion Bermuda, with the front nine and practice putting green scheduled for the summer of 2013. The well maintained conditions of the course provide excellent playing and putting surfaces year round.


    For More information please contact the Phil Pendergrass, PGA Master Professional at: 229-924-0396.

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  • Student Application
  • Handicap Verification Form


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