The PGA Golf Management (PGM) program is a 4 to 4 1/2 year structured academic program for aspiring PGA Professionals. Florida Gulf Coast University is one of only 18 schools nationally accredited by the PGA, and the only one in the state of Florida. The program is designed to provide the skills and knowledge base necessary for future golf professionals to succeed in a wide variety of management positions within the industry. A primary requirement for students is the completion of 16 months paid internship under the direction of the PGM Internship Director. These work experiences can occur in diverse golf industry settings throughout the country. Some of the areas of study in the program include: business planning, applied hospitality analytics, turfgrass management, golf facility operations, golf merchandising, human resources management and three distinct golf instruction classes focused on teaching the game, club-fitting, using state-of the-art instructional technology and developing a teaching business. Students completing the Florida Gulf Coast University PGM Program will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in PGA Golf Management. Upon graduation, securing eligible full-time employment and passing the PGA Playing Ability Test, students can be elected to Class A PGA Membership.
Located in southwest Florida, the FGCU PGM program boasts one of the most desired geographical locations in the country with over 135 courses within an hour of campus. It also serves a local industry employment need. FGCU PGM students have the opportunity to work part-time, intern, and play at some of the most exclusive facilities in the country. Students benefit from 300+ local PGA professionals, many of which, provide formal mentorship and lend their expertise in the classroom.
PGA Golf Management is a limited access program and qualified students are normally admitted in the fall semester. A spring semester start is contingent upon a consultation with the Program Director and completion of external PGA requirements. Admission decisions are based on materials and coursework completed at the time of application and receipt of the PGA Golf Management Limited Access Application/Golf Handicap Verification Form found on our webpage. Completed PGM Limited Access Application materials should be sent directly to the PGM office.
(a) Valid USGA Handicap Card
(b) Letter/signature from a PGA Class A Professional in good standing
(c) Letter/signature of playing ability from a high school golf coach with a transcript of 8 school scores
(d) Pass the PGA Playing Ability Test (PAT) less than two (2) years prior to your intended start in the program.
Non-U.S. Citizens: International students must complete the admissions process through the International Office at FGCU. International students are eligible to complete all PGA PGM requirements and apply for PGA of America Membership upon successfully graduating from an accredited PGA Golf Management University Program. To be eligible for membership, an individual must meet all application and PGA Bylaw requirements for election.
Transfer students: Transfer students are encouraged to apply. A spring semester start requires consultation with the Program Director and successful completion of external PGA requirements. Please contact the PGM office for additional information: 239-590-7719.