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Professional Golf Management

Professional Golf Management

If the smell of a freshly cut fairway makes you want to hit the links, a career in golf management may be your hole in one. From organizing tournaments to instructing golfers, to running a pro shop, Allegany College of Maryland's Professional Golf Management program quickly prepares you for a career in this fast-growing industry.


ACM Professional Golf Management studentAllegany College of Maryland's Professional Golf Management (PGM) program teaches you the business of golf. Our programs include a one-year certificate and a two-year career option which qualifies you for an Associate's Degree in Hospitality Management. No matter which career option you choose, you'll be fully prepared.

You'll learn the basic business principles of resort and recreation operations and the methodologies needed to increase revenues. Our hands-on curriculum prepares you for a multitude of opportunities and situations, including how to effectively manage golf tournaments, teach golf to both beginners and lifetime golfers, build successful customer relationships, and run golf-focused merchandising operations.  

Our Professional Golf Management program's capstone is our renowned internship program where you'll work in a commercial golf facility as a regular member of the staff. As an intern at one of our partnering golf courses, you'll test your training in real-world scenarios, including clubhouse operations, course maintenance, and all levels of golf instruction. 

As a PGM student, you'll prepare and run an actual golf tournament, fit golf equipment to you and your clients, and teach the fundamentals of the golf swing. Through these hands-on experiences, you'll increase your knowledge while building your resume.

You'll also have the opportunity to participate in the Allegany College of Maryland Golf Association (ACMGA), a member group of the United States Golf Association (USGA). 

The Hospitality Management program and the Professional Golf Management certificate has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) as a Statewide Designated Program. Maryland residents from counties other than Allegany County who register in this eligible program will be charged the out-of-county tuition rate. However, these students may be eligible to receive reimbursement for a portion of the cost difference between the in-county and out-of-county tuition rates. Funding availability for this program is based on funding from the state of Maryland and is thus subject to change each semester. Some restrictions apply. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.

Course Info

As a Professional Golf Management student, you'll expand your knowledge and gain career training through a variety of challenging courses, including:

  • Introduction to Hospitality
  • Rules of Golf
  • Tournament Operations
  • Hospitality Marketing
  • Golf Club Design and Repair
  • Golf Mechanics and Teaching I
  • Golf Shop Management
  • Internship I

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog. 


Additional courses for the Hospitality Management degree include:

  • Golf Mechanics and Teaching II
  • Internship  II
  • History of Golf
  • Hospitality Purchasing, Inventory, and Cost Control
  • Player Development

A full listing of program courses and their descriptions can be found in the credit catalog. 

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Career Info

Graduates of professional golf management programs are in high demand in today's competitive job market. Possible career options include positions as:

  • Head Golf Professionals
  • Directors of Golf
  • Teaching Professionals
  • Assistant Golf Professionals
  • Ownership and Leasing/Executive Management
  • Golf Clinicians
  • Association Management
  • College Golf Coaches
  • General Management
  • Directors of Instruction
  • Golf Retailers
  • Golf Course Development
  • Golf Course Maintenance
  • Broadcasting/Journalism
  • Golf Manufacturer Management
  • Sales Representative
  • Tournament Directors
  • Rules Officials
  • Golf Equipment Specialists

*Some of the above careers may require a bachelor's degree and/or additional training.

Note: Career path options taken and edited from the Professional Golfers' Association of America's (PGA) website.

View Salary Information from the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Faculty/Staff Info
Joshua Leibfreid, Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator

Gymnasium, Room 170

B.S., Mount Saint Mary's University

M.B.A., Saint Francis University

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Have you ever been told you can’t mix business with pleasure?  Well, the Professional Golf Management program does just that.  You will learn how to make the sport you love to play into a career. While you will learn how to play golf, or improve your game, you will also learn the business of golf.  Through our extensive hands-on classes and internships, ACM students gain valuable skills in managing golf tournaments, teaching golf to others, marketing, equipment design and repair, course maintenance, and so much more.  Additional opportunities include playing on the college golf team and membership in the Allegany College of Maryland Golf Association (a member group of the United States Golf Association).

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