PROGRAM & COURSE OVERVIEW
If you wish to work in the Golf Industry, then become a leading manager in the fastest growing sports business worldwide. Specializing in the field of golf management could lead you to a rewarding and exciting international career. The Postgraduate Diploma Program in Golf Management is your place to start.
The program is designed for individuals who hold a Bachelor Degree or Diploma and industry professionals with a minimum 5 years of experience who wish to further their careers in the highly specialized area of golf management. This one year program has been designed to include an academic semester during which, students attend theory and practical classes, and a practical semester with internship in golf field operations while enjoying playing golf and improving their handicap. The program is delivered entirely in English and includes 15 score subjects, out of which 13 are theoretical and 2 practical and concludes with an internship period in the industry.
Access further details of the Postgraduate Diploma in Golf Management Academic Program 2013 in pdf format.
Please note: the course titles listed in this academic program are guidelines and are subject to change at any time.
To empower students with the professional specialization competencies required to answer with creativity, analytical skills, and innovation the challenges that Golf Management faces today.
To provide students with an integral education through the development of sound managerial leadership skills and personal initiative to adopt creative decisions to complex situations, managing human resources, oriented to the organization’s overall efficiency and profit maximization.
To expose students to the latest market trends and techniques available in golf business administration acquiring specialized industry knowledge and expertise, thus increasing substantially students' professionalism and employability upon graduation.
POSTGRADUATE DIPLOMA IN GOLF MANAGEMENT
Maximo de Melo Borges, Portugal
Graduate in Golf Management, Les Roches Marbella (December 2007)
Internship at Pebble Beach Golf Links, California, USA
"Joining Les Roches Marbella was an easy and wise decision for me. I was motivated to choose the Postgraduate Diploma in Golf Management for its respected name in the hotel industry. The program’s scope proved to be very credible with a faculty and professional collaboration that was second to none. The invaluable skills I obtained through this program and the school’s international reputation for excellence in education served as fundamental attributes when I applied and was accepted to an internship with Pebble Beach Golf Links in California, USA. Already doors are opening to this fascinating new career in the golf industry and thanks to Les Roches Marbella I am prepared to undertake these new challenges with a sound preparation".
Lia Marcos de Andrade Espinha, Portugal
Graduate in Golf Management, Les Roches Marbella (June 2008)
Internship at South Florida's Premiere Golf Community - Frenchman's Creek at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
"Les Roches Marbella’s Postgraduate program in Golf Management allowed me to develop valuable knowledge of the golf industry’s operational and managerial aspects. This program proved to be of excellent quality - evident all the way through with its high working standards in terms of faculty, facilities, and courses.
The very intensive working tempo that this Postgraduate program demands, in combination with a singular working environment consisting of people from many countries and cultures has turned this experience into a great asset. Thanks to this program I have developed many skills that will serve me well during my in-training with Frenchman’s Creek at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA and with my future professional aspirations. If you want to become the best, you should learn with the best!"
During this one-year English program, you'll study 15 core subjects, 13 of which are theoretical and 2 practical, adding up to a total of 600 lecture hours and 36 credits. The program includes practical training through golf field operations.
During the second semester, you will undertake an internship (minimum duration of 1000 hours - 3 credits) in a golf-related establishment or golf club. Internships are an essential part of the program and allow you to gain experience and develop the work ethic and professional attitude that are indispensable for your future career.
WORLDWIDE INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
In collaboration with:
Les Roches Marbella has established a collaboration agreement with Troon Golf. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona in the USA, with international offices in Hong-Kong, Australia, Switzerland and Dubai, Troon Golf is the world's leading luxury-brand golf management, development and marketing company. Electing to focus solely on high-end luxury golf properties and developments, Troon Golf successfully captures a dominant niche in the golf and hospitality industries. During its 18-year history, Troon Golf has earned a reputation for having pristine golf course conditions, personalized member service, outstanding food & beverage experiences and world-class retail offerings at its facilities.
Troon Golf plays an important role in the development of the program by offering students internships and career placement opportunities. Troon Golf oversees operations at more than 175 courses located in 29 states and 26 countries. Additionally, 48 Troon Golf facilities enjoy a Top 100 ranking by national or international publications. Troon Golf is also committed to a high standard of guiding principles that aim to provide a superior service and operational excellence. Consistently maintaining these standards requires defined, integrated philosophies and procedures that are uniformly applied at each Troon Golf managed facility. Internships can be very diverse in terms of type of establishment and locations. This enables us to ensure we provide our students with the highest level of education to develop their leadership and managerial competencies including the practical aspects for which the school is internationally renowned. By acquiring real life industry experience during the internship, students will develop a work ethic and a professional attitude which are indispensable for their future international career in the Golf Industry and other golf related sectors. Students will work in different key areas of a golf club, thus allowing them to learn about the operation and experience live situations which arise on a daily basis. The goal is to develop with practical working knowledge so they can take well-informed, creative and innovative managerial decisions.
YOUR COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
Les Roches Marbella in collaboration with the International Foundation of Club Managers (FICMS), offer participants credit validation towards the Programa de Porfessional Evolution Program (PEP) certification. This is accepted by the Association of Club Managers of Europe (EACM) and contributes to the success of our graduates if they decide to orientate their professional career in the golf club management field.
LEARN FROM PROFESSIONALS
The Faculty is composed of highly qualified professionals specialized in the subjects they teach with extensive academic and/or professional experience in the golf and hospitality industries. To provide students with the best education, we have lecturers with experience in golf course design, golf course management as well as other golf related activities. This enables us to offer future graduates a highly specialized training that incorporates the latest golf management trends.
Among the faculty members that will be teaching the program are:
- Antonio Canto, Program’s Project Manager. BA in Law, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain (1986). Executive MBA, Instituto de Empresa, Spain (1995). Golf consultant, golf director & golf developer.
- Carlos Roca, President of the PGA of Spain. BBA, Major in Marketing & Option Professional Golf Management (PGM), New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico (1997).
- Javier Reviriego, General Director at Valderrama Golf Club, Sotogrande, Cadiz, Spain. Bachelor in Business Administration, Florida University, USA (1995). Master in Golf Course Management, Florida University & PGA, USA (1996).
- Craig Cooke, General Director at Marbella Golf, Marbella, Spain. BA in Turf Grass Management, Michigan University, EE.UU. (1988). Owner of Golf Design Company (designed of “Desert Springs Golf Course”, Almeria, Spain, amongst others).
- Jaime Olano, Greenkeeper at Club de Campo La Zagaleta, Marbella, Spain. HND in Turf-grass Science & Golf Course Management, University Central Lancashire, UK (1998).
- Guillermo Martín, Spa Director at Finca Cortesín Hotel Golf & Spa. B.Sc. in Sport Sciences (INEF) Polytechnic University of Madrid. Master´s Degree in Administration and Management for the Sports Industry (M.B.A.) “Complutense” University of Madrid.
GREAT INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
Les Roches Marbella has also established numerous collaboration agreements with local golf courses in the Costa del Sol, several of which are near the campus. Internships will be coordinated and available through our Career Development Department. At the local level, our students will be able to work their internships in golf courses such as the Marbella Club Golf Resort, Flamingos Golf (Ritz-Carlton), Finca Cortesín Club de Golf, El Chaparral, Calanova Golf, Cabopino Golf Marbella, Rio Real Golf, Santa Maria Golf & Country Club, Antequera Golf, Villanueva Golf, La Quinta Golf & Country Club (Westin) and La Cala Golf Resort among others.
In addition, each semester, the industry top employers from around the world visit the school, with a view to hire interns and graduates. The Career Development Department organizes interviews and helps you to prepare for them. Les Roches Marbella organizes on-campus career oriented industry presentations and interviews for both internships and career placements.
Hotel chains and golf establishments that regularly take Les Roches Marbella students include:
- Hyatt International
- Marriott International
- Marbella Club Hotels & Resorts
- Sol Melia
- Starwood Hotels & Resorts / Westin
- Frenchman’s Creek
- Pebble Beach Golf Resort
- Finca Cortesín Club de Golf
- Troon Golf facilities
ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2012
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Normally 21 years old and above.
A completed application form with all pertinent attachments and a non-refundable application fee of 300 Euros.
A complete CV. Pre-Study Plan (brief essay stating the reasons why you choose to study Hospitality Management at Les Roches Marbella). Post Study Plan stating your future professional goals after graduating, dated and signed.
Must hold a Bachelor Degree or Diploma (preferably in the areas of Tourism, Business Administration, Economics, Agricultural Engineering and Forestry Engineering) supported by the university transcript and copy of university degree obtained. Applications from non-degree candidates with a minimum of 5 years industry experience will be evaluated on an individual basis. Non-degree holders will receive a Professional Development Diploma in Golf Management.
A reference letter of a professional or academic nature.
If English is not your mother tongue or if you have not spent the last 3 years in an English-taught school, please enclose one of the following official certificate and scores:
TOEFL: minimum score of 500 points for the paper based test or 61 IBT.
Cambridge First Certificate Exam (FCE): grade C - Please also send the statement of results with your detailed profile.
IELTS: Academic Module minimum Overall Band Score 5.0 and min. 5.0 for each part (listening, reading, writing, speaking).
All English certificates must have been issued in the last 12 months prior to admission. If on application, your official English test results are not available, applicants will be required to take the Les Roches Marbella English entrance exam, and provide your official English results thereafter.
A valid medical certificate.
- The admissions requirements are guidelines and are subject to change at any time.
- Candidates with no university degree will obtain a Professional Development Diploma in Golf Management.
TUITION & OTHER FEES
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GOLF MANAGEMENT CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
- This program has been skillfully designed to provide the theoretical knowledge, personal development, managerial and leadership skills in order to open access to a wide range of career opportunities within the Golf Industry and other related sectors.
Career opportunities include a variety of managerial positions in:
- Golf Course Management (Property Accountant, Assistant Golf Professional, General Managers and Directors of Golf, Head Professionals, Assistant Superintendent, etc.)
- Golf Club Management (Guest Services Manager, Training Manager, Front of House Attendant, etc.)
- Golf Course and Facilities Maintenance (Greenkeeper, Golf Course Maintenance Staff, Irrigation Technician, Spray Technician, Equipment Manager, etc.)
- Pro-shop Management (Golf Shop Manager, Golf Shop Associate, Golf Shop Assistant, etc.)
- Golf Course Merchandising
- Designer Band Shops and Luxury Boutiques
- Tournament, Championships and Events Management
- Associations and Federations
- School and Golf Academies
- Food & Beverage Management in the Club House (restaurants, bar, etc.) - Director of Food & Beverage, Food and Beverage Manager, Assistant Food & Beverage Manager, etc.
- Human Resources Management
- Sales and Marketing (Group Sales Manager, Outside Services, etc.)
- Consulting Services
- Specialized Media
- Specialized Training
Club de Golf Valderrama, Sotogrande, Cadiz
“The golf industry is rapidly growing and so is the need for top professionals and experts. The Les Roches Marbella Post Graduate Program in Golf Management has become, without doubt, one of the most respected and important courses in Europe. The quality and experience of the faculty members and the prestige and know-how of the Les Roches are the keys behind this success. Not only will students receive the best possible training in all areas related to the Golf Industry they will also make fantastic contacts that will certainly help them in their future. I highly recommend this program to those that want to pursue a career in golf management and related business.”