Hawkeye Offers New Golf Course and Country Club Management Program

By: Public Relations and Marketing
Date Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014

WATERLOO—Hawkeye Community College is offering a new Golf Course and Country Club Management program this fall. This exclusive program will provide students with the knowledge and skills to enter into a variety of careers, including managers and assistant managers of golf courses, country clubs, and golf resorts. Other areas of employment for graduates specific to the golf course and country club industries include superintendents, assistant superintendents, event planners, and golf industry representatives, as well as marketing and merchandising specialists.

Hawkeye is the only college in the state of Iowa that offers training for business, hospitality, and grounds operations in one program. Iowa has more than 400 golf courses in operation and the majority of those are 9-hole courses. Numerous towns in the college’s service area, including Jesup, Independence, Winthrop, La Porte City, Denver, Reinbeck, and Traer all have 9-hole golf courses. Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota have the most golf courses per capita in the United States. Individuals with diverse skills are in demand in the business, especially at the smaller 9-hole golf courses.

Students in the Golf Course and Country Club Management program will learn skills in event planning, personnel and staffing, finance and budgeting, marketing, hospitality management, food and bar operations, turfgrass, grounds maintenance, pest management, and equipment operation and repair. In addition, they will acquire hands-on-training through four-week and 12-week clubhouse and golf course internships. Graduates of the Golf Course and Country Club Management program will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS). Starting wages are expected to be $25,000-$38,000 per year. Learn more at or call the Admissions office at 319-296-4000.