Diploma in Golf and Club Management (Co-op)


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Program Description

Get into the swing of things with this golf management program

Fanshawe's Golf and Club Management program is designed to teach you everything you need to know for a career in the ever-expanding golf and recreational club industry.

Learning in the golf management program isn't just confined to the classroom. As part of the co-op modified schedule, you'll enter the club industry at peak season and work alongside seasoned veterans to supplement your golf club manager training. Through the multifaceted curriculum, your classroom learning is complemented by hands-on experience achieved in the co-op portion of the golf management program, and you'll graduate with a well-rounded, employable skill set for golf courses in Ontario and around the world.

Golf Management Program highlights include:

  • Graduates have the opportunity to earn an additional credential by transferring into the Business diploma program. Upon completion of the Business diploma, graduates then have the opportunity to apply to the third year of the Honours Bachelor of Commerce - Management degree program
  • Learning how to operate a successful club (focused on golf or other recreational activities)
  • Acquiring hands-on experience managing landscaping and equipment issues
  • Learning about key issues like human resources, membership management, and accounting and
  • Gaining knowledge in retail management and food and beverage facilities

New this year!

  • Unlimited golf memberships: All level-1 students in full-time status receive an unlimited golf membership at London City Courses: Thames Valley, Fanshawe and River Road for the duration of the program;
  • Check out our new golf simulator equipment that lets our students practice their golf skills: https://www.foresightsports.com/;
  • Junior Tyson Tour: Fanshawe Golf and Club Management is a proud sponsor of the Junior Tyson Tour.

Other Information

Students entering the program in September will complete two academic terms followed by their work term from April to October. The second year of the program commences in October with two academic terms which end in March.

Co-operative Education

In order to be eligible for co-op, students must maintain a 2.0 GPA and be academically complete at the commencement of their co-op work term.

This is a two-year Co-operative Education program. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma.

Co-op Experience:

As a golf management program co-op student, you'll receive an additional course to help you prepare a cover letter, resume and improve your interview skills. You'll also be assigned a personal co-op consultant to help with the job search, connect with employers, monitor your co-op experience and work with your employer to assess your goals. Our co-op students have worked locally, nationally and internationally.

After Graduation:

Golf management program graduates can choose to start a career right away as assistant clubhouse manager, director of golf, pro shop assistant, or membership manager, assistant events planner or turf maintenance specialist, food and beverage or banquet server.

If you have the drive, start your career in golf club management today.

Learning Outcomes

(Vocational program learning outcomes must be consistent with the requirements of the Credentials Framework for the proposed credential.)

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Identify the inherent risks associated with operating a healthy and safe golf and recreational club environment.
  2. Apply contemporary business administration skills to the management of golf and recreational club facilities.
  3. Contribute to the effective coordination of golf and recreational club operations.
  4. Apply the principles of marketing, sales and merchandising as it relates to various business operations within club facilities.
  5. Contribute to the implementation of on-going strategies for optimal customer service and relations.
  6. Apply the fundamental principles and techniques necessary for the maintenance and sustainability of golf and recreational club facilities.
  7. Research and plan strategically for the effective operation of golf and recreational club facilities.
  8. Contribute to strategies for effectively managing the performance and development of staff and volunteers.
  9. Develop entrepreneurial strategies for the operation and management of golf and club facilities.
  10. Provide effective Food and Beverage service delivery & management, including customer service and coordination of special events.
  11. Adapt to various and changing technologies, systems, and applications for the golf & club management industry.
  12. Support the maintenance/care regime needed in order to sustain the turf and garden areas of the golf and/or recreational club facility.


Level 1

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • MATH-1210 Math for Hospitality
  • SFTY-1067 Food Safety, Smart Serve & First Aid
  • BUSI-1063 Business for Club Managers-Intro
  • DEVL-1049 Career Preparation
  • RECN-1040 Golf & Recreation in Canada
  • RECN-1028 Playing the Game
  • HORT-1042 Turf Management 1
  • WRIT-1042 Reason & Writing 1-Tourism/Hospitality
  • BEVR-1001 Mixology
  • COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep

Level 2

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • COMP-1528 Software Skills Development
  • MGMT-1257 Leadership & Organizational Skills
  • FDMG-1039 Dining for Professional Success
  • FDMG-1124 Cooking for Club Managers
  • FDMG-1125 Service-Intro
  • MKTG-1099 Marketing Strategies & Analysis
  • MGMT-1260 Customer Service for Clubs
  • RECN-3020 Golf Swing Analysis

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • ENTP-3001 Entrepreneurial Spirit
  • ACCT-1105 Accounting for Clubs
  • COMM-3080 Comm for Tourism & Hospitality
  • MGMT-3088 HR Management & Employee Engagement
  • MRCH-1012 Golf Shop Operations & Retail
  • HORT-5007 Turf Management & Course Design-Adv

Level 4

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • LAWS-3060 Law & Risk Management
  • MGMT-5088 Golf & Club Facilities Management
  • BEVR-1022 Wine & Beer
  • PLAN-5001 The Main Event
  • MGMT-5090 Club Governance Policies & Procedures
  • TOUR-3004 Golf Tourism
  • ECON-3008 Global Economics
  • MGMT-5089 Guest Membership Sales Management

General Education - Electives

  • Take 3 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Level 1

Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 21 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream with:
    • Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
    • Mathematics* one of:
      • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
      • Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)


  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)


  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) and:
    • Mathematics* one of:
      • Any Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)
      • Any Grade 11 Mathematics (C), (U), or (M)


  • Mature Applicant with standing in the required courses stated above

*Applicants who lack the required Mathematics may still gain eligibility for admission by completing appropriate prior upgrading.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 and Grade 12 Hospitality and Tourism (C)
  • Any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Entrepreneurship (C) or (O)
  • Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Post-Admission Requirements

  • Valid Safe Food Handlers Certificate
  • Smart Serve Certificate
  • First Aid/CPR Certificate
  • AED Training
  • OTEC Certification
  • PGA of Canada Community Golf Coach Certification
  • CSCM Student Membership

Career Opportunities

Upon graduation, students can anticipate careers in a multitude of positions:

  • Director of Golf
  • Pro Shop Assistant/Manager
  • Recreational Club Assistant Manager
  • Membership and Communications Manager
  • Facilities Assistant/Manager
  • Food and Beverage Assistant/Manager
  • Assistant Events Planner
  • Assistant Tournament Coordinator
  • Retail Assistant/Manager
  • Recreational Sales and Marketing
  • Retail Merchandising
  • Public Relations & Corporate Communications
  • Turf Labourer/Assistant Greenskeeper
  • Community Golf Coach
  • Golf Software Technician
Last updated Dec 2020

About the School

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including ... Read More

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students from 97 different countries. Read less
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