Diploma of Golf Business & Management (11256NAT)

CRICOS Code: 116181D

The PGA Institute is a leader in education in the golf industry. We are committed to providing students the support and guidance required to take the first step towards a career in golf.

Our unique program offers students the chance to learn best practice and skills for use within the golf industry. The PGA Institute offers an interactive learning environment, where students spend time both on and off the golf course, ensuring they gain the hands-on experience required to prepare them for a career in the golf industry.

The Diploma of Golf Business & Management (11256NAT) is ideal for students who:

  • Have a passion for golf and want to have a career in the golf industry
  • May be employed in the golf industry and are looking to upskill
  • Want to improve their knowledge of all aspects of the golf industry
  • Are seeking further education with pathway articulations into Bachelor Degrees or to the PGA of Australia’s Membership Pathway Program
  • Want to combine golf development with academic study? Consider adding the PGA Golf Development Program


Graduates from the Diploma of Golf Business & Management (11256NAT) are best-placed to thrive in a range of roles throughout the golf industry, these include:

General Manager Assistant Manager / Operations Manager
House Manager Event / Tournament Coordinator
Sales and Marketing Manager Director of Golf / Golf Operations Manager
Golf Tourism Operator PGA Professional (after completion of the MPP)


Qualification: Diploma of Golf Business & Management (11256NAT) Duration: 1 year
Location: Melbourne (Sandhurst) Mode of Study: Face to Face (On Campus)
Course Structure: 52 weeks (includes 12 weeks holiday) Operated by: PGA of Australia Institute (RTO no. 31270)
CRICOS Course Code: 116181D Website: pgaigi.com


All students studying the Diploma of Golf Business & Management (11256NAT) must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Aged 18-years or older
  • Completion of Australian Year 12 (equivalent) or higher education OR
  • Successfully complete LLN Assessment Test with PGA Institute
  • International Applicants have additional entry requirments, enquire to learn more

RTO No: 31270 CRICOS No: 02754G

Add-On: Golf Development Program

The Golf Development Program add on provides students with golf coaching and training in addition to your desired PGA Institute education program.

This program is suitable for students looking to improve their golf skills, where playing a higher standard of golf may be beneficial to your career objective. In addition, you may be simply looking to add balance and recreation to your studies.

Working with PGA Academy coaches, students will undertake a holistic 4 day per week program that implements proven long term training methodologies. Taking an educational approach to improvement, combined with a number of local golf  competitions, practice sessions, unlimited golf access and gym conditioning classes will surely benefit you as a golfer.

The program is based at the PGA Golf Learning Hub at the Sandhurst Club. Your program includes membership of the club, giving you access to 36 holes of  championship golf, unlimited range balls and access to practice facilities.

Program Inclusions:

  • Group coaching sessions with PGA Academy Golf Coach
  • Training with a like minded group of aspirational golfers
  • Private training with PGA Academy Golf Coach
  • Membership at the Sandhurst Club with 7 day course access
  • Unlimited range balls for practice inside and outside programmed hours
  • Regular skills testing and statistical analysis
  • 3D biomechanical analysis sessions
  • Trackman Launch Monitor Analysis
  • Group coaching sessions focused on mental and tactical development
  • Tournament preparation planning for golfers
  • Twice weekly group training sessions with PGA physical preparation coach
  • Access to physiotherapy on campus
  • Video analysis of your golf swing with PGA Golf Coaches
  • Goal setting and time management education
  • Uniforms provided


Study Pathways to Bachelor Degree

PGA Institute Diploma of Golf Business & Management (11256NAT)

Bachelor Degree (Year 2)

Bachelor Degree (Year 3)

External Pathways:

Students who successfully complete Diploma of Golf Business & Management (11256NAT) are eligible to apply for credits earned from their PGA Institute studies toward selected Bachelor Degrees with Victoria University, Torrens University, Holmesglen Tafe, Deakin University and Griffith University.

With our partner institutions, students can articulate into Bachelor Degrees earning up to a one-year credit (equivalent) off the regular three-year Bachelor Degrees. Students can apply to enter into various Bachelor Degrees. Please click here to learn more about the specific courses available.

Internal Pathways – Become a PGA Professional


The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) 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 Member (Vocational) of the PGA of Australia.

For those who wish to turn their passion for golf into a career as a PGA Professional. Study in the PGA Member Pathway Program(MPP) is a combination of employment, on the job training, face to face training schools (delivered off site), tournament golf and online learning delivered in the student’s workplace.

Successful graduates of the Diploma of Golf Business & Management (11256NAT) will give students a credit for year 3 academics of the MPP, potentially allowing the completion of the MPP in 2 years instead of 3 (assuming the completion of workplace and playing requirements).

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, the Membership Pathway Program leads to Full Membership (Vocational) of the PGA, translating an individual’s passion for the sport into a wide variety of career opportunities in the golf industry.

All program information, including qualifications of study, student entry requirements and more are outlined on pga.org.au/education