• Overview - 2018/2019

    Starting Fall 2018, this program will be located downtown! Learn more.

    New this year!

    • Unlimited golf memberships: All level 1 students in full-time status receive an unlimited golf membership at London City Course: Thames Valley, Fanshawe and River Road for 2018 and 2019 seasons;
    • Check out our new golf simulator equipment that lets our students practice their golf skills: https://www.foresightsports.com/.

    February 2019 – Golf trip to Orlando, Florida

    Students will enjoy seven days in the Orlando area, playing five rounds of golf at championship courses. Students will also experience facility tours of vacation destination clubs and special instruction from PGA professionals.

    Spend your days at the golf club! 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.

    Through the multifaceted curriculum, you'll graduate with a well-rounded, employable skill set for golf courses in Ontario and around the world. Program highlights include:

    • 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.

    Our students have access to an off-campus partner, Extreme Indoor Golf, that provides four golf simulators. We use this technology for multiple applications such as understanding the basics of golf simulator operation, swing analysis and the physics of movement, tournament formats and club fitting. This is the official home of the Fanshawe Varsity Golf Team for off-season training.


    Graduate studies are available both at Fanshawe and with partner institutions globally. Our grads choose a variety of pathways including:


    The following academic pathways meet the educational requirements for the PGA of Canada:

    • Golf and Club Management plus Business certificate pathway;
    • Golf and Club Management plus Special Event Planning diploma pathway;
    • Golf and Club Management plus accelerated Business degree pathway.


    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.

    A Co-op version of this program is also available

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    Program coordinator:

    Rob Foster
    Phone: 519-452-4430 x3963

  • Admission Requirements - 2018/2019

    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 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 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
    • 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

    The following items are applicable to the program:

    • Valid Safe Food Handlers Certificate
  • Courses

    Golf and Club Management-2018/2019

    Level 1Credits
    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.
    SFTY-1067Food Safety, Smart Serve & First Aid1
    This course provides students with basic principles of safe food handling, smart serve and first aid. Students will learn current principles and practices of sanitation and safety, government regulations and sanitation codes. Students will also obtain the requirements needed to implement responsible alcohol service. Lastly students will in learning how to deal with common medical emergencies in the work place with emphasis on recognition of the signs and symptoms of medical emergencies and how to create a safer work environment. Upon successful completion of the certification exams, students will receive certification in Safe Food Handling, Smart Serve and First Aid.
    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: major business trends, the role of government in business, production and operations, employee-management issues, and financial resources management. The modules in the course provide a 'snapshot' of future courses within the program.
    DEVL-1049Career Preparation2
    This course will define the necessary tools and skills to implement a successful career strategy and plan, from self-evaluation to the procurement of suitable employment. Students will be introduced to the many diversities of the Hospitality and Tourism Sector with special emphasis on marketing oneself into an appropriate career. Students will explore their aptitudes and strengths and learn how transferable skills lead to success in their chosen profession. This course will augment the work placement process and focus on business etiquette, networking, and job search, resume writing and interviewing skills.
    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 the students to the study of mixology. They will gain an appreciation for the base spirits and their standard cocktails, wines and brewed beverages. The student will also develop the skills needed to mix and serve these beverages in a licenced establishment under the controls set out by the AGCO (Alcohol + Gaming Commision of Ontario) under the 'Liquor Licence Act'.

    Level 2Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    COMP-1528Software Skills Development2
    This course will aid in skill development for the use of golf management specific software. Emphasis will be placed on Proshop, Food and Beverage and Loyalty and Marketing Management. Through the course, students will develop the fundamental knowledge and skills required to plan and produce multi-media communication packages, with emphasis placed on practical use of current and emerging technologies. There will be a focus on Microsoft Suite programs specifically Basic Excel and PowerPoint.
    MGMT-1257Leadership & Organizational Skills3
    This course introduces the student to a variety of factors that effect personal leadership styles . It provides opportunities for participants to develop an awareness of their professional rights and responsibilities as Managers, and to further develop the skills, attitudes and ethical principles outlined by their professional practice. Participants will discuss and apply concepts of reflective practice and design a philosophy that reflects their perception of professional culture and a recognition of the need for continuous improvement and ongoing professional development.
    FDMG-1039Dining for Professional Success3
    Enjoy the tastes, sounds and aromas as you dine each week. This exploration of culture and customs in various national dining practices is designed to create an awareness of and develop sensitivity to different cultural behaviors and customs, especially for students traveling outside their own country or who will be dealing with people of other countries or cultures. Students will explore the influence of culture, religion, geography and history on dining practices around the world.
    Food and Beverage Operations are an integral part of the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. This course will introduce students to the operations of a food establishment. Working in the professional dining room students will explore the basics of service, floor plans, product knowledge and health and safety regulations. Safe food handling and Smart Serve certifications will be obtained.
    MKTG-1099Marketing Strategies & Analysis3
    The purpose of this course is to provide tourism, hospitality and club management students with an understanding of the basic concepts and processes of marketing. This developmental procedure will involve customer identification and analysis, product analysis, market reasearch and analysis, and promotional development and analysis, with the end result equating to positive sales growth and ultimately profit.
    HOTL-1014Guest Relations3
    Emerging hospitality professionals must recognize that guest relations/customer service is the heartbeat of the Hospitality and Tourism industry. In this course, we will endeavour to develop an awareness and orientation towards how customer centric organizations within the hospitality, tourism and general service industries manage guest/customer encounters by developing and maintaining a service culture. Service leadership will be emphasized through market research, use of technology and effective communications to problem solve effectively; and promote customer service/guest relations internally and externally to maximize customer relationships.
    RECN-3020Golf Swing Analysis2
    Through this course students will analyze the physics of the golf swing and demonstrate teaching methodologies consistent with training techniques used by the PGA of Canada. Using ForeSight "state of the art" swing analysis technology, students will be introduced to proper simulator operation, interpretation of analytical data and revenue opportunities within the club environment. This course will aid in preparation for students registering for the PGA of Canada Playing ability test (PAT).

    Level 3Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    ENTP-3001Entrepreneurial Spirit3
    Students will explore the concepts of entrepreneurialism while participating in a fun and dynamic learning environment. Students will develop their potential characteristics and attitudes necessary while gaining the skills and knowledge to develop a business plan and succeed in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
    ACCT-1105Accounting for Clubs3
    This accounting course will introduce students to the topics of Financial and Managerial Accounting. Students will be introduced to accounting software and will demonstrate the essentials of data entry as it pertains to business. They will also perform and analyze various financial statements including Balance Sheet, Income Statements and Cash Flow Statements as well as perform ratio analysis. Internal controls, Budgeting, Leasing, Payroll, Taxes, Insurance and Risk Management will also be discussed.
    COMM-3080Comm for Tourism & Hospitality3
    This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of tourism and hospitality, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve.
    MGMT-3088HR Management & Employee Engagement3
    The emphasis of this course is to explore the intricacies of the Human Resources Department of a hospitality enterprise, in particular the various acts and legislation governing employers and employees in the province of Ontario. Students will also have an opportunity to explore their own personal management style. Through problem based learning and real life case studies you will explore the avenues to take when handling the numerous demands placed upon supervisors and managers and learn methods of achieving results through responsible supervision and management. We will focus on the importance of employee engagement this course and how positive, progressive management techniques can ensure success at every level of the organization.
    MRCH-1012Golf Shop Operations & Retail3
    The purpose of the course is to explore the importance and various functions of the Golf Shop Operation. From tee time and tournament bookings to merchandising and retail, students will gain a better understanding and appreciation for the golf shop operation. Students will explore all components of the golf shop operation and the impact on course revenues. Students will also gain practical experience using various golf related technologies, teaching techniques, club fitting and club repair.
    HORT-5007Turf Management & Course Design-Adv3
    For a golf club, turf is your most valuable asset. The second half of this 2-semester course will continue the students understanding and study of the basics of turf management, both from a golf course perspective as well as other turf uses such as commercial, residential, and industrial settings. The student will learn basic soil composition, construction and renovation of turf areas as well as plant nutrition and pesticides. Water and irrigation will be discussed as it pertains to todays society and our ever-changing environment. Students will also benefit from a semester long golf course design project.

    Level 4Credits
    Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
    LAWS-3060Law & Risk Management2
    This course is designed to provide the with knowledge of the Laws governing the hospitality industry in Ontario. Risk management will be a key focus for the insurance requirements of the hospitality industry (with a focus on Food & Beverage, Hotel/Motel and the Golf Industry). Emphasis will be placed on proper insurance coverage to meet the needs of the hospitality industry.
    MGMT-5088Golf & Club Facilities Management4
    Facilities management will take the Golf and Club Management student into the daily operation of facilities that make up the industry. Through tours of golf clubs, swimming facilities, ski clubs, racquet clubs, health and fitness clubs, local manufacturers and sports stadiums the students will be provided with practical experience in the management of the facilities and resources located at these properties. Emphasis on maintenance and repair will be applied to equipment and the overall health and function of a recreational facility.
    BEVR-1022Wine & Beer2
    Students will learn the fundamentals of wine and beer theory. Students will develop skills in a practical lab to pour and serve beers and wines in a full-service licenced establishment. Students will also become fully aware of the laws of liability as they pertain to the service and consumption of alcohol in Ontario as achieved within the guidelines identified by the Alcohol & Gaming Commission.
    PLAN-5001The Main Event1
    Students will challenge their creativity and versatility as they build on projects developed in the previous semesters. Students will work together to execute and manage a successful and unique event that uses and showcases the skills and knowledge gained throughout the program.
    MGMT-5090Club Governance Policies & Procedures2
    Students will explore the importance of Boards and Committees at Private and Semi-Private Golf Facilities. The formulation and role of a Board of Directors will be discussed and simulated with a focus on the creation and enforcement of policies and procedures. There will also be emphasis placed on governmental influences and its effect on golf operations.
    TOUR-3004Golf Tourism1
    This course will allow students to explore the subject of Golf tourism and the opportunity to enhance member experience . Topics will include trip creation, targeted promotions and group facilitation. Students will plan and be part of a practical trip to a southern region of the United States. From exploring potential destinations to the planning of an Itinerary and the steps involved prior to the date of departure, students will experience the necessary skills in executing a successful group trip.
    ECON-3008Global Economics3
    A study of the principles of micro and macro-economics, as related to the distribution of goods and services in the tourism/hospitality industry. Major topics include the theory of supply and demand, output and price determination, market structures, government intervention, labour markets, economic performance and growth. There will also be a focus on the "economics of you" Basic fundamentals of Personal Finance will be introduced which include; Budgeting, Banking Trends, Asset Management, Investing strategies & Retirement Planning.
    MGMT-5089Guest Membership Sales Management2
    This course will explore the different revenue and sales potentials within the club setting. It will profile the various types of memberships that are created to suit a clubs needs, and how to execute sales and marketing strategies to create an economically viable club. There will also be focus on the importance of service standard and guest/member relations.

    Gen Ed - 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

  • Careers - 2018/2019

    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 Manager
    • Facilities Assistant/Manager
    • Food and Beverage Assistant/Manager
    • Assistant Events Planner
    • Assistant Tournament Coordinator
    • Facilities Club Client Services
    • Retail Assistant/Manager  
    • Recreational Sales and Marketing
    • Merchandising
    • Public Relations & Corporate Communications
    • Turf Labourer/Assistant Greenskeeper
  • More Information - 2018/2019

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: GRM3
    Campus Code: LCD (LCD - London Downtown)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at


    School of Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts: 519-452-4289

    Program Description

    This tailor-made program allows applicants the opportunity to explore the numerous career opportunities available in the ever growing golf and recreational club industry. Inspired by the Canadian Society of Club Managers (CSCM), 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 a strong appreciation for pro-active customer service and the relation to business development. Spending your day at the Golf Course..... What could be better?

    Other Information

    • Students entering the program in September will complete two academic terms which end in March. The second year of the program commences in October with two academic terms which end in March.

    Co-operative Education

    Applicants seeking a co-op endorsed diploma should apply to the Golf and Club Management (Co-op) program, Program Code GRM2.

    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.

    Program Pathways

    • Graduates of this program who wish to pursue further education have numerous pathway opportunities to degrees and other diplomas both here at Fanshawe College and around the globe. Students are encouraged to search the various links on the Tourism and Hospitality website and discuss the program specific opportunities with the Tourism and Hospitality Student Success Advisor.
    • Graduates of this program can apply for admission to the One-Year Guest Relations Management - Concierge Specialist program or Special Events Planning program offered by Fanshawe College.
    • Graduates of this program, who meet the admission requirements, may apply for Graduate Studies in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business (to be discussed with the Program Coordinator). This one-year option meets the educational requirements of the PGA of Canada.
    • Graduates of this program, who meet the admission requirements, may apply for program transfer to Level 3 of the Food and Beverage Management Ontario College Diploma program or Level 3 of the Hospitality - Hotel and Resort Services Management Ontario College Diploma program offered by Fanshawe College, School of Tourism & Hospitality. "Application for Program Transfer" forms are available from the Office of the Registrar, Room E1012.
    • Specific pathways meet the educational requirements for the PGA of Canada (Discuss with Coordinator)
    • This program prepares students for their "CCM" Certified Club Manager Designation
    • For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways
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