HB 420 "The Business of Golf" in St. Andrews, Scotland
Teaching Pot Bunker Shots
From 2007 to 2018 I developed and taught a "Using Golf In Business" class for Michigan State University Business in Scotland Study Abroad students. The program was 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' have now transitioned to a specialized elective in The School of Hospitality Business where I have been granted a faculty appointment to develop and teach HB 420 'The Business of Golf' for MSU Business in Scotland Study Abroad students at the University of St. Andrews.
Michigan State University 'Business in Scotland' is conducted each summer in August 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 both MIchigan and St. Andrews. In April predeparture lessons in grip, aim, stance and posture for putting, chipping, pitching and the full swing take place. In St. Andrews we focus on links style shots: 40 yard putts, pitch and run, pot bunker and punch shots and how to play links style courses.
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 2008-2019. The 2009 group did not produce a video and the 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 videos are blocked due to copyright issues. We did not conduct the program in 2018.
2012 Scotland Study Abroad Video
2013 Scotland Study Abroad Video
2014 Scotland Study Abroad Video
2015 Scotland Study Abroad Video
2016 Scotland Study Abroad Video
2017 Scotland Study Abroad Video
2019 Scotland Study Abroad Video
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