This course is designed to be completed by the student in concurrence with working a third mega golf tournament (i.e., Masters Golf Tournament, PGA Championship, PGA TOUR event, or similar). In-classroom learning will be integrated with beyond-the-classroom experiential learning opportunities in accordance with USC-Connect guidelines. USC-HRSM currently has an agreement with Augusta National Golf Club to provide a progressive curriculum to students that advances with each year that a student may work a mega golf tournament, thereby enhancing the possibility of advanced experiential learning opportunities for those students while on-site.
HRTM 593 will focus on basic supervisory skills used in the workplace. Mega golf tournaments require an enormous amount of staff to deliver high service experiences to their guests in very high volume and fast paced operations. For this workplace to be effective there must be an organizational hierarchy which includes line-level supervisors. A student enrolled in HRTM 593 would be working his/her third year at the same location and would be (most likely) well-suited to advance into a line-level supervisory role to gain added experiential learning opportunities. HRTM 593 (1) Golf Tourism Supervisory Skills will build on the knowledge and experiences gained through HRTM 591 (3) Golf Tourism and HRTM 592 (1) Golf Tourism Consumer Services; allowing students to reflect, in particular, on the workplace dynamics and previous exchanges they have experienced among co-workers as well as between staff and customers.
South Carolina consistently ranks among the top, within the United States, in location rankings for exception golf destinations. South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism created an industry report “The Economic Impact of Golf in South Carolina” which states “golf generates more income than any other single entertainment or recreation activity in South Carolina” (Jackson, 2016, p.1). Furthermore, Jackson (2016) estimates the economic impact of golf tourism in South Carolina exceeded $935 million in 2015, as golf travelers also support hotel, food and beverage facilities, travel and other retail /entertainment venues as well as golf courses.
HRTM 593 compliments other elective courses within the curriculum. The experiential learning component in this course aligns with the USC Connect, the long-term learning initiative designed to integrate learning within and beyond the classroom.