We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

How do I Become a Golf Course Manager?

By Ken Black
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Golf Putting is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Golf Putting, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

The process to become a golf course manager begins with not only being interested in golf, but also having skills in business. A degree in golf course management is, essentially, a business degree, but has some emphasis on golf. In addition, having a background in public relations, marketing and hospitality are also important if you want to become a golf course manager.

If you are still in high school, the most important thing you can do to become a golf course manager is to simply make sure you take as many business courses as possible. Elective courses in business will help provide you with a background as you prepare to take college courses in the near future. If possible, you may also want to try to obtain a job at a local golf course. Whether you are working in the pro shop or helping maintain the grounds, any job at the course should provide some valuable experience.

Once you graduate, consider colleges that offer a degree in golf course management. The majority of the classes in the core curriculum will likely be business courses. Of those, a certain percentage will be courses in marketing and public relations. If you have the choice of electives, hospitality management and tourism would be appropriate choices. The rest of the courses may relate specifically to golf.

You may not only be in charge of all hiring and personnel matters, but you will also be responsible for all aspects of the budget when you become a golf course manager. This is why it is important to understand concepts such as marketing and public relations, and how to wisely spend money on promotions. Otherwise, the money could be wasted on ineffective campaigns that do not produce a positive return on the investment.

In addition to the academic coursework, you will also likely need to find an internship. Many degree programs will help place you with a local golf course in the area, and some may even help you find golf courses over the summer that are outside your area. The practical experience under the tutelage of trained professionals is essential in order to become a golf course manager. Not only do internships provide you with an inside look at the nuances of the business, they also provide you with contacts when the time comes to find a job.

If possible, you should take more than one internship. This broader range of experiences should provide you with a more well rounded perspective of what it takes to be a golf course manager, because different courses will have different customer bases, and may require different management styles. In addition, some courses may be open year round and others may only be open seasonally, which can dramatically alter the way the course is managed.

Golf Putting is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Discussion Comments
Golf Putting, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Golf Putting, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.