This course is designed to be completed by the student in concurrence with working a fourth 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 advanced experiential learning opportunities for those students while on-site.
HRTM 594 will focus on the student developing leadership skills applicable to 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 as well as others in higher levels of leadership. A student enrolled in HRTM 594 would be working his/her fourth year at the same location and would advance into a leadership-level position. Any student would benefit immensely from the added responsibilities and duties in such a role, thereby enhancing his/her experiential learning opportunities significantly. HRTM 594 (1) Golf Tourism Leadership Skills will build on the knowledge and experiences gained through HRTM 591 (3) Golf Tourism; HRTM 592 (1) Golf Tourism Consumer Services; and HRTM 593 (1) Golf Tourism Supervisory Skills allowing students to reflect, in particular, on the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of the workplace and how possible changes might improve conditions or the workplace environment. Additionally students enrolled in HRTM 594 will be asked to lead group question and answer sessions and demonstrate small group problem solving techniques.
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 594 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.