Golf Academy of America seeks to train its golfers in all arenas of the game, as they work towards earning an Associate’s degree. The well-trained faculty is made up of some of the best PGA of America Professionals. The campuses are located in Dallas, Texas; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Orlando, Florida; Phoenix, Arizona; and San Diego, California.
Golf Academy of America is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) an entity nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Additionally, the school is a member of the American Council on Education. ACE is a national group recognized as a leader in higher education issues and concerns. The Golf Academy of America is also a member of the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). CHEA is an institutional board and voice for academic and educational accreditation.
In California, the BPPE, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education has approved the Golf Academy of America for operations. This endorsement is special, as it comes from a group that specializes in regulating private postsecondary educational facilities in California.
School Website: http://www.golfacademy.edu/
Academy of America in Dallas
1861 Valley View Ln., Ste. 100
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
Myrtle Beach Golf College
1900 Mr. Joe White Avenue
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Orlando Golf College
510 South Hunt Club Blvd.
Apopka, FL 32703
Phoenix Golf College
2031 N. Arizona Ave., Ste. 2
Chandler, AZ 85225
San Diego Golf College
1950 Camino Vida Roble, Ste. 125
Carlsbad, CA 92008
The first semester at the Golf Academy of America can be taken online and 14 months is the standard length of the entire program. The awarded degree for the states California, Arizona, and South Carolina is an Associate of Applied Business and the awarded degree of Florida and Texas is an Occupational Associate’s degree.
Weekly tournaments are held on different courses for the students, you are given unlimited practice buckets, and offered open play at nearby golf courses with your tuition. There are 45 qualified PGA instructors on staff ready to help you with your game, golf management, and general golf education.
The schools like to stress that there are many jobs for the field beyond just being a professional golfer. The school boasts of 40 years and 10,000 alumni connections to help place their graduates in appropriate careers. In addition to this expansive network, the school will:
• Counsel students in the many career choices
• Provide resume writing guidance
• Assist in preparing for interview
• Advise and offer recommendations about job offers
• Write students letters of recommendation
Additionally, the Golf Academy of America has a plan called Focus/Career where they will link students with alumni in order to obtain a successful career. These connections have proven to be quite valuable in job placement.
Enrollment Process and Financial Aid
In order to apply for the school of your choice, go to the Golf Academy of America website. You may also complete your financial work at the site. Once you create an account you will be given a password in order to access the site. At that page, different options of funding the school will be given to you. The standard federal financial aid is offered such as FASFA. International applicants will have to provide:
• High school transcript or GED certificate
• Official college transcript if applicable
• 100.00 fee, nonrefundable
• Completed application for Golf Academy of America (needed for M-1 Visa)
• Certification of financial backing
• If English is not the first language, there will also be additional requirement
The Golf Academy of America is honored to help military personnel attend the school of their choice. You can use your service training and educational benefits, such as the Post 9-11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, and the active duty tuition Assistance in order to obtain your degree.
The golf industry is estimated to be worth over 76 billion dollars. You have served your country, and now it is time for you to be rewarded with a successful career. If you are in the active military, the Reserves program, the National Guard, or a Veteran, you can take advantage of our programs. The Golf Academy of America is ranked # 3 on the national list of “Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2015.”
The program can give to you:
• Career placement help
• A trained staff that is familiar with military educational benefits and programs
• ACICS accreditation
• Small class sizes
• Golf professionals as instructors
• Special military tuition allowance
• Programs helpful for the transition from the military life to civilian life
• Programs geared tot eh current job market needs
The college has a flat rate plan for everyone who attends. That plan includes all classes, all green use fees, all range ball charges, all tournament fees, textbook costs, instructional clinic charges, and complimentary private lesson. For current tuition costs, check the website for Golf Academy of America or call the school.
Golf Associate’s Degree Program
The degree can be obtained in as little as 16 months time. The average length of time for completion is 14 months. Once the degree is completed, it is noted that there are over 100 different career options in the industry. The curriculum sampling consists of, but is not limited to:
• Golf Course Management
• Food and beverage
• Club Management
• Golf manufacturing
• Golf instruction
• Tournament administration
• Verbal communication
• Business writing
• History of golf
• Golf fundamentals
• Sports psychology
Golf Course Management Bachelor Online
The Golf Academy of America does offer an online Bachelor of Science in Golf Course Management. This degree is for those people who want more choices in employment and more specialized job opportunities. The degree is 100% online.
If after completing your Associate’s degree at the Golf Academy of America, you wish to pursue this advanced degree, you can study courses in general education, business, strategic management, quality control, human resource management, and organizational communications.