Do you dream of becoming a Golf Professional? The bachelors degree in Business and Professional Golf Management (PGM) at SUNY Delhi provides graduates with the training necessary to compete for the many exciting employment opportunities within the golf industry. Our 18-hole golf course, driving range, short game area, practice green and on-campus indoor facilities are just the elements you need to jump start your career. You’ll also learn the business end of golf, how to conduct swing analysis, organize tournaments, and repair clubs and carts. Courses in merchandising, business planning, and inventory management prepare you for the many careers within the golf industry - an industry bigger than Hollywood!
Assist with the Golf In Schools Program of Delaware County
Provide golf instruction to the public in the swing analysis lab
Many hands-on activities are included in specific courses, providing practical, experiential learning opportunities
The job placement rate for graduates who remain in the golf industry is 100%. Graduates are working in every region of New York State at prestigious facilities like Monroe GC (Rochester), Onondaga CC (Syracuse), Binghamton CC, and Wheatley Hills (LI). Graduates are also working throughout the country at prestigious facilities such as Congressional CC (MD), The Broadmoor (CO), Grand Cypress (FL), and Rich Harvest Farms (IL). Some of our recent grads have even been awarded prestigious honors:
Jim Ironside (2009) – Central New York Assistant Golf Professional of the Year
Matt Jaynes (2006) – Central New York Assistant Player of the Year
The business-based program offers a well-integrated curriculum that includes golf-specific courses such as; golf club design and repair, rules of golf, tournament operations, three levels of teaching golf, and golf shop operations. The program also requires four different internships at approved national or international internship sites. Learn more about internships >
The program also incorporates liberal arts, general business, turf management, and hospitality management courses, making it a well-rounded, marketable degree.
Why PGM at Delhi?
Only program in the Northeast United States, approved by the State Education Department
Hands-on learning environment with real-world experiences
Award-winning faculty made up of PGA members with over 60 years of combined experience Meet the faculty >
Beautifully maintained 18-hole golf course – owned and operated by the Delhi College Foundation, the entire facility serves as an academic laboratory for staff and students of the PGM program as well as all our golf, turf and landscape related programs; it is also a community resource open to the public
25-Station Driving Range – ideal for students to work on their game, instructional skills or to just warm up before a round
6,000 sq. ft. Practice Green – a long, undulating green that allows students to practice all types of putts
Practice Bunker & Chipping Area - great short game practice area including a bunker, fringe-height, fairway-height and rough-height areas from which to practice and teach
Model Pro Shop managed by qualified PGA Professional – serves as an educational resource for PGM students
34,000 sq. ft. Indoor Practice Facility - for off season use; helps students maintain playing ability and to enhance their instructional skills; ball flight can be observed up to 75 yards
State-of-the-art Fitness Center – PGM students can enhance their playing ability utilizing golf-specific exercises, especially during the winter months
Golf Club Design & Repair Lab – state-of-the-art facility where students can hone their club repair skills
Swing Analysis Lab – indoor practice and technology facility where students can work on their game year-round, and enhance their teaching skills through the use of state-of-the-art technology