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College Catalog Fall 2011 - Spring 2012
Golf Course Management - BBA

The Field

Golf is a growth industry. In 2009, the National Golf Foundation (NGF) reported that there were approximately 200 new golf courses opening across the country. With this development, there is 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.

Growth in the leisure and service industry has created a continued 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 course 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 SUNY Delhi two-year A.A.S. programs 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. 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.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 with an 18-hole golf course that serves as an academic laboratory. The golf course has a clubhouse with 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. The 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 Golf Course Management students year-round opportunity for golf practice, education, and coaching.

Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code: 1508

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.


First Semester

Course No.

Course                                                  

Cr. Hrs.

ENGL ___

Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition 1

 3

GMBA 100

Orientation to Golf Course Management 

 1

HORT 120

Introduction to Horticultural Practices

 3

HORT 130

Woody Plant Materials and Use

 3

LARC 110

Drawing and Surveying

 3

MATH ___

Mathematics 2

 3-4

 

Total                                        

16-17

Second Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

BIOL 210

Botany

 4 

HORT 150

Grounds Equipment & Fleet Management

3

HORT 160

Soil Technology

3

HORT 165

Woody Plants II

1

LDCT 110

Landscape Construction Principles 

3

TURF 181

Golf Course Internship Preparation

2

 

Total                                                     

16

Summer Session: TURF 182 Golf Course Internship - Turf Management 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.

ACCT 115

Financial Accounting

3

CITA ___ Computer Applications Elective

3

HORT 212

Horticultural Chemicals

1

HORT 220

Ornamental Tree and Shrub 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 Professional Work Experience I  1 cr. hr.

Fifth Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

BUSI 310

Strategic Management

3

COMM 300

Organizational Communication 

 

 

OR

3

COMM 310

Argumentation and Debate

 

GMBA 300

Golf Course Planning and Design

3

GMBA 306

Golf Course Facility Human Resource Management

3

PEDH 220

First Aid: Responding to Emergencies  

2

 ___ ___

Arts Elective

3

 

Total                                                      

17

Sixth Semester

Course No.

Course                                                    

Cr. Hrs.

GMBA 310

Golf Course Planning & Budgeting

3

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 

 

Total                                                     

18

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

Seventh Semester

Course No.

Course                                                  

Cr. Hrs.

BUSI 343

Individual Behavior in Organization 

3

GMBA 400

Senior Seminar: Trends in Golf Course Management

3

GOVT 300

Public Policy

3

____ ___

Other World Civilizations Elective 

3

____ ___

Elective by advisement 3

3

 

Total                                                   

15

Eighth Semester

Course No.

Course                                                   

Cr. Hrs.

GMBA 450

Golf Course Management Final Internship 

12 

 

Total                                                   

12 

Degree Requirement: 133 credit hours

Notes

1 The first English is by placement according to competency.
2 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.

3 Elective

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 

GMBA 290

Golf Course Maintenance Facility Management 

HOSP 335

Purchasing for the Hospitality Industry 

3

HTEL 310

Hotel Maintenance and Engineering

3

HTEL 420

Hotel/Resort Operations

3

Technical Standards: In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the minimum Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodation.

 

 

Admissions Requirements 

To be eligible for consideration:

Freshmen: Applicants should have a minimum 80 high school average and have received a minimum of a 75 on the Algebra and Biology regents exams as well as one other science course. 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.

Transfer Students: Applicants must have a minimum 2.3 cumulative grade point average, and only grades of C or better in college coursework will be accepted for transfer. See the "Academic Policies" section of the college 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.

 

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to Student Learning Outcomes 1-19 listed under Golf Course Operations (A.A.S.), a graduate of the B.B.A. degree program in Golf Course Management 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 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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