PGA of Australia Forming Golf Institute


The Professional Golfers' Association of Australia announced Friday the formation of an international golf institute on the Gold Coast in Queensland state that will provide manpower and expertise for what it says is the growing Asian market in golf course management.
The Australian PGA's International Golf Institute, based at Griffith University on the Gold Coast, will offer degree and postgraduate courses relevant to the golfing industry. Tony McGrady, Queensland's minister for state development and innovation, said there was potential to make inroads into the Asian market, where golf is increasingly becoming part of the business environment.
'In Asia, many deals are made on the golfing green, and business students and executives see the game as part of the business environment,' said McGrady.
'As well, the Chinese government has placed a moratorium on golf course development as it is concerned that golf courses aren't being managed effectively.'
McGrady said the institute, to begin operating in February, will have more than 400 students within two years.
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