Golf Facilities Operation Management

Program: GLFO
Credential: Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 4 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Intake suspension Fall 2021
Location: Barrie


This program is designed to prepare students for exciting employment opportunities in the golf sector of the hospitality industry. Theoretical concepts taught in the classroom are blended with practical learning opportunities gained through exposure to various golf facilities in North America. Students are exposed to all aspects of golf operations from turf care and maintenance to the operation of retail outlets and golf event planning. Students also gain professional and entrepreneurial skills for industry and self-employment, as well as real life experience through participation in a work term and extensive field trips to golf courses in Canada and the U.S

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program are prepared for a competitive employment environment and are equipped with the necessary competencies to achieve employment in a variety of positions. Positions may include but are not limited to Golf Professional, Pro Shop Manager, Retail Manager, and Equipment Sales Representative. Graduates are prepared for a career progression in a variety of on-course and off-course golf industry pathways. Examples include:

On-Course - Director of Golf / Head Professional, Golf Instructor, General Manager, Clubhouse Manager, Course Superintendent, and Food and Beverage Manager

Off-Course - Golf Equipment Sales and Management, Golf Technology, Retail Management, Entrepreneurship, and a wide range of opportunities that are within and support the golf industry    

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. identify the inherent risks associated with operating a healthy and safe golf and recreational club environment;
  2. apply contemporary business administration skills to the management of golf and recreational club facilities;
  3. contribute to the effective coordination of golf and recreational club operations;
  4. apply the principles of marketing, sales and merchandising as it relates to various business operations with club facilities;
  5. contribute to the implementation of ongoing strategies for optimal customer service and relations;
  6. apply the fundamental principles and techniques necessary for maintenance and sustainability of golf and recreational club facilities;
  7. research and plan strategically for the effective operation of golf and recreational club facilities;
  8. contribute to strategies for effectively managing the performance and development of staff and volunteers;
  9. develop entrepreneurial strategies for the operation and management of golf and club facilities;
  10. provide effective food and beverage service delivery and management, including customer service and coordination of special events;
  11. adapt to various and changing technologies, systems and applications for the golf and club management industry;
  12. support the maintenance, care regime needed in order to manage the turf and garden areas of the golf and/or recreational club facility in an environmentally sustainable fashion;
  13. develop game improvement strategies and rules of golf knowledge.

Practical Experience

All co-operative education programs at Georgian contain mandatory work term experiences aligned with program learning outcomes.  Co-op work terms are designed to integrate academic learning with work experience, supporting the development of industry specific competencies and employability skills.

Georgian College holds membership with, and endeavours to follow, the co-operative education guidelines set out by the Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) as supported by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities.

Co-op is facilitated as a supported, competitive job search process. Students are required to complete a Co-op and Career Preparation course scheduled prior to their first co-op work term. Students engage in an active co-op job search that includes applying to positions posted by Co-op Consultants, and personal networking.  Co-op work terms are scheduled according to a formal sequence that alternates academic and co-op semesters as shown in the program progression below.

Programs may have additional requirements such as a valid driver’s license, strong communication skills, industry specific certifications, and ability to travel. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be unable to complete the program progression as shown below. Please refer to Georgian College Academic Regulation 3.2.7: Changes in program, course, section or co-op, for details.

International co-op work terms are supported and encouraged, when aligned with program requirements.

Further information on co-op services can be found at

Program Progression

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Intake suspension Fall 2021  

  • Sem 1: Fall 2021
  • Sem 2: Winter 2022
  • Work Term: Summer 2022
  • Sem 3: Fall 2022
  • Sem 4: Winter 2023


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

19 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

The following reflects the planned course sequence for full-time offerings of the Fall intake of the program. Where more  than one intake is offered  contact the program co-ordinator for the program tracking.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
GOLF 1000 Introduction to Golf, History and Rules 42
GOLF 1003 Industry Relationships 42
GOLF 2001 Fundamentals of the Golf Swing 42
TOUR 1008 Introduction to Hospitality Services 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
COMP 1100 Computer Essentials for Golf Industry 42
GOLF 1001 Golf Equipment, Storage and Repair 42
GOLF 2002 Golf Operations, Policies and Procedures 42
MKTG 1000 Introduction to Marketing 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
TOUR 1007 Hospitality Industry Certifications 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
ACCT 1013 Accounting Fundamentals 42
BUSI 2005 Customer Service 42
ENTR 2009 Entrepreneurship and Small Business 42
GOLF 1002 Golf Skills Improvement 42
GOLF 2000 Turf, Renovation and Construction 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
FNCE 2013 Financial Management for Hospitality and Tourism 42
GOLF 2003 Introduction to Golf Facilities 84
GOLF 2004 Issues and Trends in Golf Operations 42
GOLF 3000 Corporate Golf Event Planning 42
MGMT 2001 Principles of Management 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1050
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermHours
COOP 1048 Golf Facilities Operation Management Work Term (occurs after Semester 2) 560
 Total Hours560

Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Disclaimer: The information in this document is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. 

Program outlines may be subject to change in response to emerging situations, in order to facilitate student achievement of the learning outcomes required for graduation. Components such as courses, progression, coop work terms, placements, internships and other requirements may be delivered differently than published.

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