MA Sustainable Golf Course Management

About the course

The course is delivered at University Centre Myerscough and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire. Golf is a significant global sport played on diverse areas of land within both urbanised and rural landscapes. Golf course managers are in essence custodians of this land and therefore have a responsibility to manage these facilities for both the game of golf and the environment. Golf courses offer wide ranging economic, social and environmental opportunities when managed appropriately but face many challenges in the 21st century if they are to survive in a highly competitive social and recreational market place. Competing forms of leisure, economic factors and other constraints continue to impact on golf globally. Course managers have to be mindful of these factors, which directly impact on the resources needed to sustain surfaces and meet customer expectations.

This part-time MA Sustainable Golf Course Management, awarded from the University of Central Lancashire, is an innovative course which encompasses a multidisciplinary approach to contemporary golf course management. The course aims to develop students’ critical and analytical thinking to enable implementation of effective and efficient management practices. The MA will encourage debate and critical evaluation within an environment that develops holistic understanding of international issues.

Course modules

Year 1

Management of Performance and Quality

In order to successfully manage a golf course in a challenging economic climate you will need to understand customer expectations and demands. This module will develop an understanding of both objective and subjective quality criteria for golf courses to allow you to provide positive customer experiences.

Theoretical Perspectives of Sustainability

In this module you will develop your knowledge and understanding to define sustainability. This will be used to investigate the impact of practice on global resources and the environment. You will critically appraise economic, social and environmental issues in the context of golf course management.

Contemporary Agronomic Research and Development

Research into agronomy, technology and management is of critical importance if the industry is to continue to adapt to modern pressures and challenges worldwide. This module will explore the research path including laboratory to field trials and, ultimately, application into practice. Case studies will be explored where research and development has made or could make a significant impact to management practice.

Year 2

Golf Course Policy and Strategic Planning

Management practices can have a significant impact on both the landscape and the fundamental design of a golf course. Within this module you will review the importance of managing and planning structural and physical developments on a golf course through the implementation of a course policy document.

Resource Efficiency and Management

This module will assess the impact that resource management can have on the overall success of the business. Managing physical, financial and human resources efficiently will allow responsible use of finite resources whilst maximising quality output and minimising waste.

Research Methodology and Design

This module provides students with the essential personal, organisational, management, theoretical and statistical skills needed to work at Postgraduate Level. It will explore research philosophies, research process and design and the process of questionnaire development and design. The module will develop skills in advanced data organisation, presentation, dissemination and problem solving.

Year 3

Masters Dissertation

The dissertation is a triple module and allows students to design and conduct a substantial piece of independent, supervised research related to the field of study. The dissertation is an independent piece of academic work which allows the student to identify and work in an area of interest to them and manage the research process to agreed deadlines.

Entry requirements & additional information

Entry requirements

Applications are sought from individuals possessing a minimum of Lower Second Class (2.2) Honours Degree (or equivalent) in a related discipline. Candidates not possessing an Honours Degree at the above grade but with relevant professional qualifications and experience will be welcomed. All non-standard applicants may be interviewed to assess suitability for the course. Career experience plus evidence of study skills may also be considered. Consideration will be given to non-traditional qualifications and relevant work experience. Applicants are encouraged to produce evidence of their potential to benefit from the course. Applicants who believe they may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experience/Learning (APE/L) for certain modules will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to have an English qualification to IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

All offers may be subject to successful interview.

Learning and assessment

Learning Environment:

Our virtual learning platform (accessed via the internet) will provide learning resources, guidance and collaborative links to all students irrespective of their location. Students will have the opportunity to participate in planned workshops and seminars to include discussion groups. They will receive support from a personal tutor but will also be expected to demonstrate autonomy for their own learning.

Assessment:

Modules are assessed using a variety of methods, including written reports, essays, literature reviews, dissertation, research proposal, presentations and group work.

Additional Information:

A series of optional study days and industry visits may be offered throughout the programme. These are not a mandatory requirement of the course.

What work experience can I get?

This course is ideally suited to people working within the golf and green keeping industry that are either in or aspire to management positions. The course would also be of interest to individuals who have experience or knowledge in sustainability issues.

Progression

On successful completion of the course, students may apply for PhD by Research

Careers

Golf Course Manager, Consultant, Education, Research, Management position within leading industry bodies and organisations.

Professional accreditations

The College works closely with various bodies and organisations such as the R&A, BIGGA and the GTC.

Special requirements

Students will be advised on software if requirements for this course, where possible this will be provided as part of the course.

Extra Costs

Additional costs for opportunities and items that are optional for the course include:

· Field trips and visits to tour events (including possible overseas trips) - £1,320

· Golf course membership - £120

· Locker hire - £20

· Tour membership - £20

Sportsturf studies

There are fantastic opportunities both in the UK and overseas for people who are trained and qualified in sportsturf. Careers exist at all levels, from assistant groundspersons and greenkeepers to managers of international sports facilities such as Premier League Football Clubs and the major elite Golf Courses. Our courses will equip you with the skills that are necessary to build, maintain and manage quality turf surfaces to a high standard.

Students learn the science behind how grasses grow, as well as soils, drainage and a wide range of maintenance practices. You will gain an understanding of the demands of sport and what players need or expect from turf surfaces. You will be taught how to provide these conditions all year round and in all weather conditions.

Our Partnership with UCLan

All our Higher Education programmes are awarded by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Myerscough College is an Associate School of the University of Central Lancashire, a dynamic, vibrant and contemporary university located in Preston city centre. UCLan is one of the largest universities in the UK with world-leading and internationally excellent research areas. It offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.