Golf Pathway To Your Dream Job
The PGA IGI offers a one-year full time
golf industry diploma or a three-year
program which will result in students
gaining their IGI diploma and a degree
through Griffith University.
ON the verge of its 20th anniversary the
PGA’s International Golf Institute now
spreads its web globally.
Based on the Gold Coast the PGA IGI
has cemented its place as a crucial
part of the golf industry network in
“We are very proud of our outcomes and
successes,’’ says the institute’s CEO,
Dominic O’Brien, who graduated through
the program more than a decade ago.
“We are certainly getting more traction
with former students now moving
through to the upper echelon of golf
“For example Marcus Sullivan the
General Manager at Pacific Harbour
is one of our graduates. So is Nick
Thornton, the PGA’s Victorian EO,
and also the Head Professional at the
Lonsdale Golf Club is one of ours.
“Globally we are also making our mark.
The Head of Instruction at the Hong
Kong Golf Club is a former graduate and
we have others in the Arab Emirates.”
As O’Brien explains the PGA-owned
IGI gives graduates wide ranging golf
industry skills and opportunities.
“We are concentrating on the guys and
girls who are just sub-elite golfers, but
who want to stay in the sport and have a
career in the game – general managers,
operations managers, directors of golf, etc.
“Students coming out the other side
can do a fourth year, a professional
year, with the PGA and become
PGA members. With the added PGA
qualification the career options multiple
again into different avenues.
“The PGA IGI prepares its graduates
for a career in the business and
management of golf as an industry.’’
Of the 60 students at the PGA IGI in
2012 their nationalities are a 50-50 split
between international and domestic.
O’Brien said we are also now seeing
more mature-aged people at the
“About 50 per cent are straight out of
school. Quite a few have been out of
the school system for a few years, but
now we are seeing more and more seachangers,’’ he said.
“These latter students tend to be very
successful because they have plenty of
life skills and often are more focussed on
what they want.’’
O’Brien said industry acceptance of the
institute was crucial.
“Industry consultation and collaboration
is very important,’’ he said.
“Because it is a vocational and training
sector it is very important that we have
outcomes on the other side that are of
value to the industry.
“We utilise our contacts within the Golf
Managers Association (GMA), the Golf
Course Superintendents Association
(GCSA), Golf Australia and of course
our PGA network to make sure what’s in
our curriculum is what is the industry is
looking for from our graduates.’’
O’Brien said although the IGI Diploma
of Golf Management was wide ranging,
there was still plenty of time for golf
specific tuition, including four hours
of golf coaching each week. You don’t
have to choose between education or
golf, with the IGI and its articulation
agreement to Griffith university you can
do both. The benefit being, all of our
graduates are uniquely qualified to work
in the business of golf. It will be very
interesting to see where we are (and our
graduates) in the next 20 years!
Full details about the institute can be
found at www.pgaigi.com
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Golf Industry Central May 2012