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The Australian-first PGA Golf Learning Hub, established at the prestigious Sandhurst Golf Club, has launched a range of courses for students keen to pursue or develop careers in the golf industry.
Through the hub, Holmesglen Institute will deliver accredited courses in Sports Turf Management and Hospitality Management between its Glen Waverley campus, Zest training restaurant and Sandhurst from February. A tourism course will also be available later in the year.
The qualifications complement the PGA Institute’s Diploma in Sports Management, which is run from Sandhurst.
All courses, which are nationally accredited and endorsed by the PGA, provide practical training, industry placement and a focus on the golf industry, which employs 25,000 people in Australia.
PGA Membership and Education General Manager, Geoff Stewart, said the partnership positions the PGA Golf Learning Hub as the number one location for people wanting kickstart to a career in golf.
“This is a significant moment for our sport,” Mr Stewart said.
“We are proud of our partnership with Holmesglen Institute, Victoria’s largest TAFE, to provide an unrivalled golf education offering for our industry now and into the future.
“There is no doubt that a solid grounding in golf education is the best way to ensure the ongoing success of the entire golf industry and this partnership means we can continue to do that.”
Holmesglen Institute Executive Director for International Education and Enterprise Solutions, Andrew Williamson, said Holmesglen’s partnership with PGA Australia through the Golf Learning Hub was a win for those who loved the sport and aspired to a specialist career in golf.
“Melbourne has long been regarded as the sporting capital of Australia with a plethora of events on our doorstep. So, it’s not surprising that demand for sporting courses has seen significant growth in recent years,” Mr Williamson said.
“The PGA Golf Learning Hub offers dedicated golf training in an integrated and effective golfing ecosystem that will inevitably open up more pathways for people aspiring to work in the industry.”
He said new intakes for the Holmesglen Institute courses will occur in February and July each year, with a strong pipeline of local and international students expected to enrol to meet the needs of the Victorian golfing industry.
PGA Institute Manager Suzanne Burns said the involvement of the PGA Institute and Holmesglen Institute allowed the hub to offer qualifications across all six workforce pillars of the golf industry.
“We are passionate about offering a unique, world-class education service and we are now able to take that to the next level, working collaboratively with Holmesglen Institute,” Ms Burns said.
Enrolments for the 2023 intake of PGA Golf Learning Hub courses are now open.