The Professional Golf Management program at The Ohio State University is the only such program in Ohio and only the third in the Midwest. The 1+3 PGM program allows students to complete their first year at Ohio State ATI.
The professional golf management (PGM) program is a four-year curriculum for aspiring PGA professionals. The PGM program provides students the opportunity to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success in the golf industry through extensive classroom studies, internship experiences, and player development. In addition to business, finance, marketing, turfgrass science, and hospitality management classes, the curriculum also encompasses specialty classes in swing analysis and concepts, tournament operations, golf club repair, club fitting, retail merchandising, golf course design, and coaching golf.
While Ohio State ATI is an open-admission campus for Ohio high school graduates, students wishing to enroll in the PGM program must provide proof of an 18-hole golf handicap of 10 or better. Proof may be established by any one of the following:
- Confirmation of playing ability form signed by a high school golf coach or a PGA of America member
- Current United States Golf Association GHIN card
All students majoring in Professional Golf Management are required to complete five internships prior to graduation. Students will receive credit for these work experiences.
The program is designed to provide the necessary skills and knowledge base for graduates to succeed in a variety of positions including:
• Director of Golf
• Head Golf Professional
• Director of Instruction
• Tournament Director
• Golf Club Repair
• Golf Manufacturer Sales Representative
Ohio State ATI has its own 18-hole public golf course, Hawk’s Nest, rated 4 1⁄2 stars in Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play, ranking it as one of the top public courses in Ohio.
Ohio State ATI offers an Associate of Applied Science in Turfgrass Management. An Associate of Science in Horticultural Science is also available, allowing students to begin their coursework toward a Bachelor of Science at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in Columbus.