It's True: You can Major in Golf in College

By: Tim McDonald


Here's a little-known secret that, if ever revealed to the public, would result either in the decline of Western civilization or world peace.

You can go to college and major in: Golf.

That's correct. When people ask you what's your major, you grin and say: "Golf." Watch their looks of jealousy and confusion.

Florida State University is one of 20 schools nationwide to offer a PGA Golf Management University Program. It's a 4.5-5-year program and when you graduate, you'll be a PGA Class A golf professional.

I visited the program not long ago. The classrooms are on the second floor of the clubhouse overlooking the Seminole Golf Course. They reminded me of condos. If they'd been for sale, I would've made an offer.

"We have probably the nicest classrooms on campus," program director Jim Riscigno said. "We try to keep it a secret."

The program offers internships and has PGA pros as faculty. Students have their private practice range they share with the men's and women's golf teams, and a state-of-the-art indoor learning system, with computer gadgets to record and analyze swing planes and such.

And of course, they get to play the golf course, which is a good one. It does about 60,000 rounds a year, many of them students who get discounts, along with faculty.

Seminole was built back in the 1960s and underwent the knife several years ago, when architect Bob Walker of Jacksonville bulldozed the greens and completely rebuilt them. Now they're the highlight of the layout: elevated, multi-tiered greens that slope, slant and undulate. Some say they're the best greens in Tallahassee.

Stop by and play. Green fees are reasonable. So is tuition, if you're interested. 850-644-2582.

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