Program Overview

Golf and Club Management (Co-op) is a two-year diploma program that focuses on the fundamentals to manage and operate a golf or recreational club. Apply the knowledge you learned in the classroom to a co-op work experience with professionals in the field. Graduates of this program can explore numerous career opportunities in the growing golf and club industry.
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Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
49 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
London - Downtown
2023 September
London - Downtown

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
London - Downtown
2023 September
London - Downtown

Your Learning Experience

This two-year diploma program focuses on business fundamentals with strong experiential learning components. Graduate with the operations experience and business acumen to manage and operate a successful golf or recreational club, while also learning about club sports with a focus on golf. 


Develop your passion for golf through visits to various courses, guest speakers and coaches from PGA of Canada, access to our golf simulator and a membership to all City of London golf courses. You’ll also have the opportunity to network with a wide variety of industry professionals within the resort and golf and club industries. Hone your golf, racquet sports and curling games through instruction from PGA of Canada golf pros, and expand your learning through field trips to learn new technologies and teaching methodologies at simulator facilities, various resorts and golf clubs, as well as an optional golf trip to Orlando, Florida


Apply your knowledge in a co-op work experience with professionals within golf course management. You’ll gain further employable skills in food and beverage service and culinary management on-campus through The Chef’s Table restaurant and cafe.


This tailor-made co-operative education program allows applicants the opportunity to explore the numerous career opportunities available in the ever growing golf and club industry. Inspired by the Club Managers Association of Canada (CMAC), this program fosters the core educational competencies required to excel in a career in club management.  Students will develop expertise in business and financial management, golf club and turf services and food and beverage operations with a hospitality focus. Theoretical studies will be supported by practical exposure in all areas of golf and club facilities. Students will gain an appreciation for proactive customer service and the relation to business development. Upon graduation, students are prepared to get their Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation.


Graduates of this program who wish to pursue further education have numerous pathway opportunities to degrees and other diplomas, such as: Event Planning. Bridging options are also available to Business, Honours Bachelor of Commerce - Management, Food and Beverage Management, and Hospitality - Hotel and Resort Services Management


We are very proud to announce entrance scholarships are available for students applying for Fall 2023 and who are registered members in good standing in any recognized Junior Golf Tour across Canada.


Career Information

Co-op Opportunities 

The Golf and Club Management (Co-op) program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand workplace experience in their chosen field. Here are some co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of some Golf and Club Management students before even graduating! 

Golf Guest Services Attendant
Provide friendly and efficient service to guests ensuring they have a great experience.

Golf Player Assistant
Tour courses and assist guests and provide the golfer with the best experience possible for their round.

Golf Food Service Supervisor
Co-ordinate, administrate and supervise the food service operation for a golf course.

For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op site or contact the Co-op Office at to connect with a consultant.

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Gold and Club Management program can pursue exciting careers at golf courses, resorts, golf equipment stores, and other recreational facilities in a multitude of positions, including:

  • 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 and corporate communications
  • turf labourer/assistant greens keeper
  • community golf coach
  • golf software technician

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Golf and Club Management (Co-op) program:

Pro Shop Manager
Build strong relationships and create extraordinary experiences for public and member golfers, resort guests and corporate groups.

Golf and Winter Activities Manager
Responsible for optimizing the financial performance of activities while maintaining a high level of guest and employee experience.

Clubhouse Supervisor
Play an integral role in ensuring guests are provided with an exceptional overall customer experience while sourcing, proposing, and implementing revenue generating innovations.


PGA of Canada education program

Core courses:

PGA Training Academy coursePGA Training Academy creditFanshawe equivalent
Career Literacy Part I1COOP-1020
Career Literacy Part II1DEVL-1049
Business Fundamentals and Communications3COMM-3080
Marketing for Golf Professionals3MKTG-1099


Elective courses:

PGA Training Academy coursePGA Training Academy creditFanshawe equivalent
Finance Introduction2ACCT-1105
Building and Leading a Small Business3ENTP-3001
Turf Management2HORT-5007
Customer Service3MGMT-1260
An Introduction to Managing Teams2MGMT-3088
Improving Your Golf Club Operations2MGMT-5088
Selling Products and Services2MGMT-5089
Successful Retail: From Buying to Selling2MRCH-1012


*Students enrolled in September 2021 and later will have the History and Value of the PGA of Canada course added within their existing Fanshawe courses and will receive credit.

**Students enrolled in September 2021 and later may complete the Level I Rules of Golf and Respect in Sport for Activity Leaders courses and will be required to upload proof of completion in the PGA Training Academy to receive credit.

Program Progression

Fall intake 

Year 1Level 1 (Sept-Dec)Level 2 (Jan-Mar)Work term (6 months)
Year 2Level 3 (Oct-Dec)Level 4 (Jan-Mar) 


Network with industry professionals

Canadian Golf Superintendents Association logo

The Golf and Club Management program is a proud partner of the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA), a network which helps our students make industry connections and find employment.


Student memberships to the Club Management Association of Canada are included in the program, so students have the opportunity to network with potential employers and learn more about the Certified Club Manager (CCM) designation, a qualification available to active members of the CMAC. Eligible graduates will receive up to 70 educational credits toward their CCM designation.


NGCOA logo

We are affiliate members of the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), with opportunities for further networking and educational resource.


PGA Training Academy logo

This program is now recognized by the PGA of Canada Training Academy, after an extensive review of the program courses, learning outcomes and delivery methods. Eligible graduates will receive advanced standing for the PGA of Canada education program.



Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Facilitate the provision of healthy and safe golf and recreational club environments.

2. Deliver diverse recreational activities (i.e., tournaments of any type), with strict attention to the intricacies and impact on the particular golf or recreational club environment.

3. Apply contemporary business administration skills to the management of golf and recreational club facilities.

4. Contribute to the coordination of effective golf and recreational club operations.

5. Apply the principles of marketing, merchandising and public relations to the promotion of golf and recreational club facilities.

6. Contribute to the implementation of ongoing strategies for optimal customer service and relations.

7. Apply the fundamental principles and techniques necessary for maintenance and sustainability of golf and recreational club facilities.

8. Design and implement appropriate research and planning strategies for golf and recreational club facilities.

9. Generate golf and recreational club facility revenue by applying sound business principles.

10. Contribute to strategies for effectively managing the performance and development of staff and volunteers.

11. Develop entrepreneurial strategies for the operation and management of golf and club facilities.

12. Demonstrate effective Food and Beverage service delivery & management, including customer service and coordination of special events.

13. Adapt to various and changing technologies, systems and applications for the golf & club management industry (e.g., GPS in golf carts, POS systems, and Membership Management software).

14. Communicate clearly in the written, and in particular hand-written, spoken and visual form that fulfills the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

15. Support the maintenance/care regime needed in order to sustain the turf and garden areas of the golf and/or recreational club facility

16. Interpret numerical information based on sound accounting principles, in order to make effective decisions.



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.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

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. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • 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
  • 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

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

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

Post-Admission Requirements

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Level 1
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MATH-1210Math for Hospitality2
This course provides students with a review of basic and essential arithmetic and algebraic skills providing mathematical tools and concepts needed for a career in the hospitality industry. Topics include fractions, decimals and percentages, conversions between metric and imperial measurements and algebraic competency applicable to the travel, hospitality and culinary services.
BUSI-1063Business for Club Managers-Intro3
The purpose of this course is to explore the various functional areas of business in Canada, and to demonstrate the interrelationship amongst these areas, with attention to the Golf and Club Industries. Students are introduced to many concepts, including but not limited to: major business trends, the role of government in business, economic issues, ethics and social responsibility, forms of business ownership and the importance of entrepreneurship, production and operations, employee-management issues, and financial resources management. Students will be required to research and write a business plan and present their proposal to the class. The modules in the course provide a 'snapshot' of future courses within the program.
RECN-1040Golf & Recreation in Canada2
A historical perspective on golf and recreational sports in Canada. It will provide an overview of the facilities, equipment, tournament organization and the social components that surround the game. Particular attention will be placed on the history of recreational sports with a focus on club types, memberships and business operations.
RECN-1028Playing the Game4
Learn the game. Play the Game! Students will participate and become familiar with the rules and techniques of playing the following recreational activities: golf, tennis and curling. They will also become familiar with game formats, etiquette, vocabulary, tournaments and events surrounding these activities. At the completion of this course students will have a comprehensive understanding of each sport and how they benefit the business operation of the club industry.
HORT-1042Turf Management 12
For a golf club, turf is your most valuable asset. This course will introduce the student to the basics of turf management, from perspective of a turf manager but with the goal of understanding turf as it pertains to club managers. The student will learn cultural practices and basic plant physiology, various uses for turf as well as the advantages and disadvantages of the various types of grasses. Turf insects, diseases and weeds will be discovered as well as methods of eradication of all types of turf pests. Along with these basics students will also learn about things such as, industry trends and how to asses a turf management budget.
WRIT-1042Reason & Writing 1-Tourism/Hospitality3
This course will introduce tourism and hospitality students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
This course is designed to introduce Golf and Club Management students to the study of mixology. They will gain an appreciation for the base spirits and their standard cocktails, wines and brewed beverages typically served at clubs. Students will also develop the skills needed to mix and serve these beverages in a licensed establishment under the guidelines set out by the AGCO (Alcohol & Gaming Commission of Ontario) adhering to the 'Liquor License Act'. Students will also have the opportunity to complete their "Smart Serve" certification.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.
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Tuition Summary

London - Downtown

Canadian Costs
Total Cost of Program
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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.