Professional Golf Management

Golf Training Facility

The Professional Golf Management program at Ferris State University has taken another giant step forward with its challenging on-campus training facility.

Located on Perry Street just east of Katke Golf Course, the facility features three practice holes, an expanded driving range with six target greens, and a chipping green with bunkers. The Professional Golfers' Association of America suggested the improvements to benefit the PGM program and to help Ferris respond to the needs of the golf industry.

The practice facility is one of the finest of its kind in the nation. The three practice holes include strategic bunkers that permit practice on a variety of trouble shots. The first hole is a 325-yard par-4, followed by a 155-yard par-3. The third hole can be played as either a 465-yard par-5 or a 330-yard par 4. Golf carts cannot be used on the practice holes.

The practice facility and practice tee (driving range) are open to the general public at a flat rate. The course is open during regular hours except when it is being used for PGM classes or golf camps.

The training facility gives Ferris the opportunity to expand youth and adult golf camps and bring additional summer business into the community. It allows students of the game to learn new skills without interfering with regular play at Katke's 18-hole course.

PGM represents the largest academic program in Ferris' College of Business, drawing 300 students annually from across the U.S. The program has a 100 percent placement rate and a waiting list for prospective students.