BA (Hons) in Golf Management


Program Description

What is special about this course?

Known as the 'Home of Golf' Scotland's golf industry is worth £1 billion and annually directly contributes £496 million to Scotland’s gross domestic product (GDP). Estimates suggest that one in every 125 jobs in Scotland are dependent on golf.

The BA (Hons) Golf Management course is based in Dornoch close to the world-renowned Royal Dornoch Golf Club. It is the first honours degree of its kind in the UK and is aimed at those aspiring to a career in the golf industry.

The degree provides a balance of golf-specific and management subjects to give graduates the range of skills necessary to take advantage of excellent employment opportunities. You will have the opportunity to work in various roles, with a particular focus on all aspects of managing within a golf context.

Our strong links with the industry provide opportunities for work placements, guest lectures from leading industry figures and study trips.

You will work alongside our BA (Hons) Professional Golf students.

Special features

  • You will benefit from our strong industry links including the Royal Dornoch Golf Club, St Andrews Links Trust and Castle Stuart, as well as top clubs in the UK and abroad.
  • You will gain event management experience at various venues eg Dunhill Links Championships and the Scottish Open.
  • Work placements can be arranged locally, across the UK and internationally, including an international internship programme.
  • We have full-time members of staff who are PGA professionals.
  • You will enjoy a unique student experience and can participate in activities such as running the student golf club, individual coaching, personalised training and development, regular play, and competition including Scottish Student Sport and British Universities and College Sport events.


We offer modern student accommodation in Dornoch ideally suited to students on this course.

Entry requirements

  • 3 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade C or above
  • You may be able to enter year two of the degree if you have an HNC in a relevant subject
  • You may be able to enter year three of the degree if you have an HND in a relevant subject
  • Applicants with other qualifications or relevant experience are welcomed and will be considered on an individual basis


Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Introduction to golf management
  • Introduction of work-based and placement learning
  • Introduction to the customer-centred business
  • Introduction to business
  • Activity performance and skills acquisition

Option modules include:

  • Introduction to financial accounting
  • Introduction to enterprise and marketing
  • Introduction to people management and organisational behaviour
Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Contemporary issues in management
  • Event planning and organisation
  • Applied coaching and instruction
  • Golf course maintenance and design
  • Retailing

Option modules include:

  • Work placement: Management accounting
  • Contemporary marketing
  • Team-working and communication
  • Business economics
Year 3 - BA

Core modules are:

  • Research skills
  • Developing entrepreneurial effectiveness
  • Understanding visitor behaviour
  • Niche tourism

Option modules may include:

  • A critical analysis
  • Strategic human resource management
  • Industry-specific skills
  • Marketing communications
  • Sports and exercise science
  • Project planning and management
  • Work placement
Year 4 - BA (Hons)

Year four can be studied online via the university's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors and brings your management and business skills into sharp focus.

Core modules are:

  • Niche professional: a business analysis
  • Work placement: professional practice
  • You will also complete a dissertation, or research and present a plan for a new business

Option modules include:

  • Strategic marketing
  • Corporate financial decision-making
  • E-business
  • Innovation and enterprise
  • Social and environmental accounting
  • Corporate responsibility in the global environment
  • Employee relations
  • Business strategy
  • Global management

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you have successfully completed your golf management degree, you might like to consider careers:

  • As a golf club secretary or manager
  • As a golf resort director of golf or golf operations manager
  • In golf course design and maintenance
  • In the management of other leisure and sports facilities
  • As a local authority park and recreation operative
  • In golf tourism or entrepreneurship

Last updated Jul 2020

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