HB 420 "The Business of Golf" in St. Andrews, Scotland
Teaching Pot Bunker Shots
Since 2007 I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportuntiy to develop and teach a "Using Golf In Business" class for Michigan State University Study Abroad students. The program is conducted at the University of St. Andrews as well as the St. Andrews Links Trust Practice Center and The Fairmont in St. Andrews, Scotland.
In the spring of 2018 the College of Business eliminated the BUS courses and found new homes (departments) for the BUS classes.
Portions of Using Golf in Business will now transition to a specialized elective in The School of Hospitality Business where I have been granted a faculty appointment. HB 420 The Business of Golf will be offered to the Scotland Study Abroad students in St. Andrews beginning in the summer 2019.
Michigan State University 'Business in Scotland' is a biennial program conducted in odd numbered years (2017, 2019, 2021 etc) at the University of St. Andrews.
The Management piece of the program, taught by Dean Emeritus Dr. Eileen Wilson, focuses on labor-management relations in a global market. The goal of the program is to expose students to different employment relations models and their impact of multi-national U.S. corporations on the management of people in complex organizations.
Students participating in this study abroad program will have a very unique, once-in-a-life-time opportunity to sign up for either a non-credit "Golf Experience" or a 3 credit School of Hospitality Business specialized elective "The Business of Golf".
A hands on golf instruction component takes place in St. Andrews, Scotland in August where we focus on links style shots: 40 yard putts, pitch and run, pot bunker and punch shots.
Golf instruction includes excusrions to the Himalayas "Ladies Putting Course" (adjacent to the Old Course) as well as a "Practice, Play and Pub Day' at The Fairmont in St. Andrews.
Students arrange their own tee times to play any of the seven Links Trust Courses in St. Andrews.
Students are asked to produce a short video depicting their study abroad experience. Below are the student videos from 2007-2008 and 2010-2016. The 2017 students didn't produce a video. Enjoy!