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College Catalog Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

Golf Course Management - BBA


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 offers a well-balanced curriculum that includes courses specific to the major; as well as liberal arts, general business, and hospitality management theory and application.  The program also requires an extensive 15-week internship at an approved national or international internship site.

Delhi is the only college in the Northeast with an 18-hole golf course and athletic fields that serve as academic laboratories.


Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


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 may be offered admission (if qualified) into the Golf Course Operations A.A.S. program.

Transfer Students:

Previous study in golf course management is not required, but extra time may be needed to complete degree requirements.



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.

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.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 133

Major Courses Required - 87 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
ACCT 115 Financial Accounting
BUSI 310

Strategic Management

BUSI 343 Individual Behavior in Organization
GMBA 100 Orientation to Golf Course Management
GMBA 280 Professional Work Experience I (summer)
GMBA 300 Golf Course Planning and Design
GMBA 306 Golf Course Facility Human Resource Management
GMBA 310

Golf Course Planning & Budgeting

GMBA 320 Golf Course Governance and Public Relations
GMBA 380 Professional Work Experience II (summer)
GMBA 400

Senior Seminar: Trends in Golf Course Management

GMBA 450

Golf Course Management Final Internship

HORT 120 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 130  Woody Plant Materials and Use 3
HORT 150  Grounds Equipment/Fleet Management 3
HORT 160  Soil Technology 3
HORT 165 Woody Plants II 1
HORT 205 Horticultural Entomology 3
HORT 206  Plant Pathology 3
HORT 212  Horticultural Chemicals 1
HORT 220  Ornamental Tree and Shrub Maintenance 3
LARC 110

Drawing and Surveying

LDCT 110 Landscape Construction Principles 
PEDH 220  First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 2
PRKM 220  Park and Recreation Management 3
TURF 181 Golf Course Internship Preparation 2
TURF 182  Golf Course Operations Internship (summer) 1
TURF 210 Turf Management I 3
TURF 230  Weeds and Weed Control 3
TURF 240  Advanced Turf Management Practices  3
TURF 264  Irrigation: Water Management and Conservation 2

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 40 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 210 Botany
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
COMM 300 Organizational Communication  
  OR 3
COMM 310 Argumentation and Debate  
ECON ___ Introductory Microeconomics or Introductory Macroeconomics
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition1 3
GOVT 300 Public Policy
HUMN 120 Elementary Spanish I 3
MATH ___ Mathematics2 3-4
  American History Elective from GE 4
  Arts Elective from GE 8
  Humanities Elective from GE 7
  Other World Civilizations Elective from GE 6
  Western Civilization Elective from GE 5

Restricted Electives by Advisement3 - 6 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Mathematics is by placement according to competency.

3 One course must be a computer applications (CITA) course by advisement.  Other courses may be any appropriate 100-, 200-, 300-, or 400-level course in consultation with the student's academic advisor or:

Course No. Course                                                          Cr. Hrs.
BUSI 345 Risk Management           3
BUSI 360 International Business Management 
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


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the B.B.A. degree program in Golf Course Management should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of Botany.
  2. Understand and apply basic principles and terminology used in the care, pruning, growth, propagation, growing media, soil amendments, and fertilization of plants.
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the proper identification, terminology, and use of: trees, shrubs, and groundcovers used in various Northeast landscapes.
  4. Exhibit a working knowledge of basic surveying techniques, the proper use of transits and levels, and the necessary drafting and drawing skills to communicate the data collected.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the diagnosis, repair, and operation of equipment used on home lawns and athletic fields.
  6. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of soil: its genesis, composition, classification, physical and chemical characteristics; and how to test, correct, and implement proper soil management practices on home lawns and athletic fields.
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the construction principles and materials used for decks, fences, patios, walks, and retaining walls.
  8. Display a thorough practical understanding of the daily operations of lawn and athletic field maintenance.
  9. Properly identify, select, establish, and maintain major turf grasses used on home lawns and athletic fields.
  10. Properly identify and manage turf pests found on home lawns and athletic fields.
  11. Identify and control major weeds found on lawns, athletic fields, and in the surrounding landscape.
  12. Understand basic concepts in plant pathology and entomology as they relate to turf grass and ornamental plants.
  13. Describe, demonstrate, and apply the basic theories of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices used on lawns and athletic fields.
  14. Properly identify, select, calibrate, and safely apply pesticides used on lawns and athletic fields.
  15. Design, select, install, and maintain irrigation systems for lawns and athletic fields.
  16. Demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of athletic field design, construction, budgeting, and management.
  17. Properly select and maintain trees.
  18. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of personnel management, planning, and presentation techniques used on golf courses.
  19. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.
  20. Communicate effectively with all constituents, including employees, management, membership, the general public, and various governmental agencies.
  21. Exhibit knowledge of traditional management theory, leadership and management roles, organizational structure and change, service quality and function, decision making, and ethics.
  22. Understand and apply basic knowledge of golf course layout and equipment needs for proper golf course operations and maintenance.
  23. Exhibit knowledge of computer applications as it relates to inventory, budgets, and written communication.
  24. Develop and prepare budgets for the operation of the facility and capital improvements.
  25. Exhibit knowledge of organizing golf tournaments and other recreational activities as it relates to golf course operations.
  26. 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: 5/3/13