PGA Institute

The PGA Institute was established in 2005 and has historically offered education through its golf management program, combining business and golf training as well as practical golf skills to prepare students for a career in the golf industry. Whether you are interested in a career in golf, golf management, sport or even business, then the PGA Institute courses will assist you in getting there.

Diploma of Golf Management

The PGA Institute is a leader in golf education in Australia. Each year, the PGA Institute delivers the Golf Management Program, which incorporates Australia’s only industry recognised golf management qualification, the 10810NAT Diploma of Golf Management. The program combines study which focuses on the business and management of the golf industry, alongside golf access and development for better golf performance. This one year study program is your first step towards a career in the golf industry.

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At the PGA Institute Melbourne Campus, students have the opportunity to enter our Player Development Program each year (PDP).

The PDP focuses on player improvement and game development for golfers across your one year study with the PGA Institute. This program is undertaken in conjunction with the 10810NAT Diploma of Golf Management.

Across a 30-week period, students undertake a variety of golf improvement classes, work with PGA Professionals and have access to some of the latest technology available to golfers. Inclusions of the PDP are:

  • 2 hour group skills sessions with PGA Professional (up to 2 per week)
  • 30 minute and 1 hour private golf lessons with PGA Professional
  • Weekly supervised practice sessions with PGA IGI Programs Manager
  • Skills testing and video analysis of your golf swing
  • Trackman/Flightscope Launch Monitor Analysis
  • 3D Biometric analysis sessions
  • Psychology sessions for elite golfers with Sports Psychologist
  • Bi-Weekly gym sessions for golfers with Fitness Trainer
  • Annual Gym Membership

The Player Development Program has seen students improve their golfing ability over their one year in the program. It is ideal for golfers looking to become more consistent and improve their golf, to levels for better player performance.

The Player Development program is $10,000.00 AUD for the 1 year.

The PGA Institute delivers Australia’s only Diploma in Golf Management. The qualification focuses on the business of golf management and is increasingly recognised by industry as the best golf education. We liaise with golfing industry experts to ensure that our curriculum and training provides the skills and learning outcomes that make our graduates employable and become critical assets to the golfing industry.

The curriculum focuses on education in all areas of professional golf management. The Diploma covers the components of business and management required by the modern golfing industry, with students subject areas covering:

  • Introduction to the Golf Industry
  • Golf Operations
  • Golf Course Planning & Development
  • Golf Club Management
  • Golf Course Design & Maintenance
  • Event & Catering Management

The PGA Institute Diploma of Golf Management offers students a pathway to selected Bachelor Degrees with Universities and Colleges across Australia. Through this they can gain up to a one-year credit off a three-year Bachelor Degree (full time study). This unique pathway option allows students the opportunity to gain two qualifications in their three years of full-time study; offering the chance to attain multiple qualifications to stand out from the crowd in your future careers.

Students must meet entry requirements outlined by the University or College for the chosen Bachelor Degrees.

The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Australia is the peak body for professional golf in Australia. The PGA of Australia delivers education to professional golfers, and golfers studying to become a Full Vocational Member of the PGA of Australia.

Successful graduates of the 10810NAT Diploma of Golf Management may be able to access PGA IGI Pathways into the PGA Member Pathway Program. These Advanced Entry Pathways are available for those who wish to turn their passion for golf into a career as a Full Vocational Member of the PGA of Australia (PGA Professional).

Membership Pathway Program

The PGA Institute facilitates a number of learning pathways to a career in golf, both on and off the golf course. The Diploma of Golf Management is a qualification that is the beginning of a successful career in the golfing industry.

This industry recognised qualification allows students to begin their career in golf management. The Diploma of Golf Management allows those with the qualification to work their way into management roles within golf clubs, golf organisations and associations throughout Australia and around the world. Job positions held by graduates can include:

  • General Manager
  • Club Manager
  • Director of Golf
  • Golf Operations Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Tournament Coordinator
  • Sales and Account Manager

Graduates can also continue their careers in the Professional golf ranks if they meet required criteria in these fields. The program offers pathway opportunities into the PGA of Australia and the PGA Membership Pathway Program towards PGA Golf Professional careers such as Golf Coach, Tour Player, Director of Golf, General Manager.