College Catalog Fall 2009 - Spring 2010
Golf Course Management: Superintendent - BBA

The Field

Golf is a growth industry. In 2000 alone, the National Golf Foundation (NGF) reported that there were 368 new golf course openings across the country. With this development and growth has come a corresponding need for golf course managerial personnel. The number of college graduates with the combination of technical and managerial knowledge is small considering the demand. Golf Course Management graduates have a competitive edge over those with degrees in narrowly focused areas of expertise or in programs not centered on the industry.

Unprecedented growth in the leisure and service industry has created a demand for golf course managers including clubhouse managers, golf professionals, and golf course superintendents. According to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and the Professional Golf Association of America (PGA), there is an ever-increasing demand for qualified individuals who understand the technical aspects of the industry and have the management skills necessary for the overall success of golf facility operations. Delhi's bachelor-degree program in Golf Course Management offers students the opportunity to develop these skills.

The Instructional Program

The Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree program in Golf Course Management is designed to prepare future management personnel for the growing number of golf courses in the region and the nation. Graduates of the program qualify for assistant managerial positions at various golf courses, and after gaining sufficient experience, may become candidates for management positions in the golf course industry.

The program builds upon the long history of excellent two-year A.A.S. programs at SUNY Delhi in Golf Course Operations, Hospitality Management, Business Management, and Recreation Management. The Golf Course Management program offers a well-integrated curriculum that incorporates the liberal arts, general business, turf management, and hospitality management theory and application. In addition to completing a core set of courses, students select one of two program majors. These majors require an extensive 15-week internship at an approved national or international internship site.

Facilities

SUNY Delhi is proud of the outstanding facilities that support the Golf Course Management program. Delhi is the only college in the Northeast that has an 18-hole golf course that serves as an academic laboratory. The golf course has a clubhouse that houses a full-service restaurant and pro shop, a 30-station practice range, and a chipping/putting practice green. The Turf Education Center, dedicated in 1994 with industry support, houses state-of-the-art equipment, a demonstration laboratory, greenhouses, a classroom, and turf-demonstration test plots. Alumni Hall Hospitality Center has a student-operated restaurant and lounge. Farnsworth Hall houses various classrooms and horticultural laboratories. A 35,000-square-foot air structure gives students enrolled in the program year-round opportunity for golf practice, education, and coaching.

Golf Course Superintendent

The Golf Course Superintendent major offers instruction for students interested in becoming golf course superintendents. Students complete a sequence of courses emphasizing horticultural practices, turf management, pest management, equipment management, irrigation management, budget planning and preparation, personnel management, and public policy. Students are required to participate in a summer internship at the conclusion of each academic year while enrolled in this program. 

Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code: 1508

First Semester

 Course No.

Course                                                  

Cr. Hrs.

 GMBA 100

Orientation to Golf Course Management 

 1

 ENGL 100

Freshman Composition

 3

 HORT 120

Introduction to Horticulture

 3

 HORT 130

Woody Plant Materials and Use

 3

 LARC 110

Drawing and Surveying

 3

 MATH ___

Mathematics (by placement)

 3-4

 

Total                                        

16-17

Second Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

 BIOL 210

Botany

 4 

 CITA ___

Computer Science Elective 

3

 HORT 160

Soil Technology

3

 HORT 165

Woody Plants II

1

 LDCT 110

Landscape Construction Principles 

3

 TURF 181

Golf Course Internship Prep.

2

 

Total                                                     

16

Summer Session: TURF 182 Golf Course/Turf Management Internship 1 cr. hr.

Third Semester

Course No.

Course                                                   

Cr. Hrs.

 COMM 100

Public Speaking

3

 ECON ___

Economics Elective

 3 

 HORT 205

Horticultural Entomology 

3

 HORT 206

Plant Pathology 

3

 TURF 210

Turf Management

3

 TURF 230

Weeds and Weed Control

3

 

Total                                                       

 18 

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

 GMBA 150

Grounds Equipment/Fleet Management 

3

 ACCT 110

Principles of Accounting I

3

 HORT 212

Horticulture Chemicals

1

 HORT 220

Shade Tree Maintenance

3

 PRKM 220

Park and Recreation Administration

3

 TURF 240

Advanced Turf Management Practices 

3

 TURF 260

Irrigation Design

1

 TURF 262

Irrigation Installation/Maintenance

1

 

Total                                                      

18

Summer Session:  GMBA 280 Golf Course Professional Work Experience 1 cr. hr.

Fifth Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

 GMBA 306

Golf Course Human Resource Management

3

 GMBA 300

Golf Course Planning and Design

3

 BUSI 310

Strategic Management

3

 COMM 300

Organizational Communications 

 

 

or

3

 COMM 310

Argumentation and Debate

 

 PEDH 220

First Aid: Responding to Emergencies  

2

 ____ ___

Arts Elective

3

 

Total                                                      

17

Sixth Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

 GMBA 320

Golf Course Governance/Public Relations 

3

 HUMN 120

Elementary Spanish I

 3 

 ____ ___

American History Elective

3

 ____ ___

Humanities Elective 

3

 ____ ___

Western Civilization Elective 

 3 

 ____ ___

Elective

3

 

Total                                                     

18

Summer Session:  GMBA 380 Golf Course Professional Work Experience 1 cr. hr.

Seventh Semester

Course No.

Course                                                  

Cr. Hrs.

 BUSI 343

Individual Behavior in Organization 

 

 

or

3

 BUSI 344

Organizational Theory

 

 GOVT 300

Public Policy

3

 ____ ___

Other World Civilizations Elective 

 3 

 ____ ___

Electives

6

 

Total                                                   

15

Eighth Semester

Course No.

Course                                                   

Cr. Hrs.

 GMBA 310

Golf Course Operational Planning and Budgeting 

 GMBA 400

Golf Course Management Senior Seminar 

 GMBA 473

Golf Course Management Internship 

 

Total                                                   

12 

Summer Session: GMBA 474 Golf Course Management Final Internship 3 cr. hr.

Degree Requirement: 136 credit hours

Admissions Requirements

Freshmen: Applicants should have a minimum 80 high school average and have taken 3 units of English, 3 units of social science, 1 unit of math (Course A), and 2 units of science (biology is required). SAT/ACT scores are not required, but an SAT score of 950 or better or an ACT score of 19 or better will be used as an indicator of success. An on-campus interview is strongly recommended. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission to the program will be offered admission (if qualified) into the Golf Course Operations A.A.S. program.

Transfers: Applicants must have a minimum 2.3 cumulative GPA, and only grades of C or better in college coursework will be accepted for transfer. See the "Academic Policies" section of this catalog for further information about transfer credit. An on-campus interview is mandatory. Previous study in golf course management is not required, but extra time may be needed to complete degree requirements.

Electives

Students may select any appropriate 100-, 200-, 300-, or 400-level courses (in consultation with their advisor) or:

Course No.

Course                                                         

Cr. Hrs.

 BUSI 345

Risk Management          

3

 BUSI 360

International Business Management 

 3 

 HOSP 335

Purchasing for the Hospitality Industry 

3

 HTEL 310

Hotel Maintenance and Engineering

3

 HTEL 420

Hotel/Resort Operations

3

 GMBA 290

Golf Course Maintenance Facility Management 

3

 GMBA 330

Golf Shop Management

3

 GMBA 350

Golf and Tournament Organization

3

 GMBA 370

Golf Education and Coaching 

3

Program Objectives

In addition to numbers 1-19 listed under Golf Course Operations (A.A.S.), a graduate of the Golf Course Management: Superintendent B.B.A. program should be able to:

  1. Discuss the scope of the golf course management industry.
  2. Apply a comprehensive understanding of how all aspects golf course operations must be managed in order to achieve a quality product.
  3. Communicate effectively with all constituents including employees, management, membership, the general public, and various governmental agencies.
  4. Exhibit knowledge of traditional management theory, leadership and management roles, organizational structure and change, service quality and function, decision-making, and ethics.
  5. Understand and apply basic knowledge of golf course layout and the equipment needs for proper golf course operations and maintenance.
  6. Exhibit knowledge of computer applications as it relates to inventory, budgets, and written communication.
  7. Develop and prepare budgets for the operation of the facility and capital improvements.
  8. Exhibit knowledge of organizing golf tournaments and other recreational activities as it relates to golf course operations.
  9. Develop creative strategies for effectively managing change and resolving conflicts while meeting the expectations of members, guests, employees, and various government agencies.

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Last Updated: 1/6/09