THE PGA DIPLOMA
The ISGM at Avalon Golf Estate is the first and only PGA accredited golf training institute in Mauritius.
The national diploma: Club Professional Golfing includes the essential educational elements of business management.
The program includes the unique offering of residence in shared villa accommodation on the golf estate.
The 3 year ISGM PGA diploma is targeted at young individuals with a passion for the game of golf and who wish to specialise within their chosen career.
Receive leading performance training to prepare you for your playing career.
Study golf-specific PGA subjects to prepare and qualify you for a career in golf.
Gain practical industry experience, including reputable placement positions in leading courses globally.
Retain your amateur status throughout your studies to enable you to compete on the amateur circuit, and the potential to represent your country.
The ISGM PGA Diploma is a 3-year programme, is the internationally recognised qualification for the golf industry, registered with SAQA at NQF level 5.
The ISGM PGA Diploma aims to provide students with the best knowledge to advance their skills in business, management and for the game of golf. The program offers students access to a number of golf’s leaders and students will have access to the latest practice methods, information and technology available in the golf industry.
The program discusses the best management practices and latest trends that are implemented as part of a professional’s every day role in the golf industry, and the programs rigorous practical hours (including coaching) ensure graduates are guaranteed to enter the industry with a competitive advantage over graduates from other institutions.
Students on the program receive intensive training for their golf performance and towards a career in the golf industry and have the choice between a professional playing career and a career within golf such as coaching or golf club management.
Components of the Diploma
Students receive top performance training from the ISGM coaching team, using the PGA’s TOTAL GOLF Coaching System. Skills training and technical coaching comes in the form of both individual and group sessions. Group mental sessions are conducted and individual sessions are available at additional cost.
Fitness training is provided at our on-site fitness centre where students golf-fitness levels are assessed each cycle using the Titleist Performance Institute’s screening methods. Each student receives individual fitness training programs based on these results.
ISGM PGA students train at first class facilities. The campus is situated at Avalon Golf Estate, Bois Sec, Bois Cheri, Mauritius.
Students play a full tournament schedule at top-rated golf courses across Mauritius. They will become members of Avalon Golf Estate and receive unlimited rounds of golf.
An Order of Merit is formed from the regular 18, 36 & 72-hole tournaments. All vital statistics are recorded and used to form the student’s development process and a matchplay championship is also held throughout the year.
Prizes are awarded for the leading players on the Order of Merit.
Our leading academics and golf experts mentor students in each of the PGA academic subjects:
Leadership, Management & Marketing
Personal Career Development
Introduction to Coaching
Anatomy & Physiology
Nutrition & Health
Principles of Biomechanics
Training & Fitness for Golf
Rules of Golf
Course design & maintenance
The learning process includes an intensive practical element to compliment the theory.
Work placement programs in the golf industry are arranged throughout the 3 years of study, giving the students a wide range of practical experience in areas such as retail and golf club management.
Who Should Apply?
Talented golfers who want to pursue a playing career.
Students with a passion for golf, who want to make a career in the business of golf.
Golf enthusiasts pursuing a career in the golfing industry / in business & commerce & in the broader sport and leisure industry.
Be 18 years of age or older, or turning 18 years of age during your study
Matriculation Certificate or *equivalent
Proficient in the English language
Golf Playing Experience
*Where required, students must successfully complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy Assessment
**Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is based on individual candidate-assessment
**Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is designed to support access to higher education for candidates who have gained degree-related knowledge and skills through informal study or experiential means.
All applicants must undergo:
– Interview with Program Director
– Game Assessment Session
Due to the holistic nature of the Diploma, students will have graduate attributes that provide them with the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for careers in the golfing industry, business & commerce and the broader sport and leisure industry.
The study program prepares graduates to be job ready and begin their careers as PGA professionals in all areas of the golf industry.
Graduates gain a strong competitive advantage through the program in any of the professional choices in the golfing industry, while also offering graduates a qualification that will assist in future career progression
ISMG PGA Diploma Pathways Steps to your future
The PGA Diploma is the benchmark qualification for the golfing industry.
After successful completion of the ISGM PGA Diploma students have the opportunity to articulate into programs with our education partners, or with the PGA of South Africa eg. Advanced diplomas (eligibility criteria may apply).
Positions that PGA Graduates have gone on to hold within the golf industry include :
Director of Golf
Golf Retailer or Agent
Golf Agency owner
Golf Tour Operator
Golf Events Coordinator
PGA Qualification and Membership
Graduates wishing to become members of the PGA (Professional Golfers Association) are required to pass both playing and teaching ability tests, attain a 5 handicap or below and fulfil minimum hours work experience, half of which can be logged whilst studying at ISGM. Students can retain their amateur status throughout the study period.
International Recognition & Accreditation
The PGA of SA is a member of the world alliance of PGA’s, making the ISGM PGA Diploma an internationally recognised qualification.
The ISGM PGA Diploma program awards international industry accreditation status to its graduates giving them a major advantage for both local and international employment opportunities in the golfing industry .
Graduates automatically join the ISGM Alumni Club, which provides exclusive access to international job opportunities through our worldwide network. PGA graduates have gained job placements in USA, Asia, United Kingdom, and Africa.