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Project Guidelines & Evaluation Criteria

PGA Specialist Project Models

Four models are presented below as examples of possibilities for final PGA Specialist project. Reflect on professional practice and experience and, using the PGA Specialist courses, develop a final PGA Specialist project. The intended project outcome is to influence improvement in professional practice at the facility or propose resolution to an industry challenge.

  1. CREATE a facility project design and implementation plan
    • Identify a need for improvement in a department at your facility.
    • Consider working cooperatively with professional colleagues to develop and clearly define the need for improvement.
    • Identify improvement/intervention options; explain how and why.
    • Implementation is not required in this project, but a facility-specific action plan should be detailed.
    • Project example: Create a plan to hire, train, and supervise seasonal employees
  2. IMPROVE current operations or project at your facility
    • Identify an area of that can be improved at the facility.
    • Describe how the enhancement benefits (or would benefit) the facility.
    • Identify resources needed to plan and implement the project.
    • Utilize relevant historical information, if available.
    • Develop, implement and evaluate the outcomes of the improvement.
    • Project example: Improve or revise a facility operations manual
    • Describe the purpose of a current project underway at your facility and the status of the project.
    • Identify the anticipated benefits of the project.
    • Include consideration of revenues and expenses.
    • Project example: Discuss an area of interest at your facility where a current improvement project is underway, construction, program design, rebranding, ownership or major operational change.
  4. Develop a BEST PRACTICE related to an area of interest
    • Choose an area of interest and develop a best practice.
    • Cite examples in the industry that support your recommendation, this could include interviews with expert practitioners, industry experts, mentors, and PGA resources.
    • Identify what sets this apart from current facility practices?
    • Discuss how this best practice is (or would be) implemented at your facility.
    • Project example: Focus on a player development program, a merchandising or food and beverage operation, strengthening a teaching program.
    Your project proposal should follow the same format as project models 1-4 above. The reference guidelines below are also the same.

Project Proposal

PGA Specialist project applicants shall submit a written project proposal (approximately 1-2 pages), including a preliminary identification of supporting references, to PGA Education for approval prior to formally initiating their project.


See PGA Specialist Project Models above for ideas on the Project topic. Project evaluation criteria and rubric pages below.

Reference Guidelines

The project reference requirement includes the following:

  1. The project will include a brief summary of at least eight (8) courses from the career path (at least one (1) course from each category such as “Leadership”) and provides specific examples of the relevance of the courses to the project design and implementation.
  2. Two (2) outside sources should also be incorporated in the reference list. These could be articles, books, best practice examples from the professional golf community, interviews with experts in the field, and industry publications.

For any additional questions, please contact the PGA Specialist Mentor at or by phone at (866) 866-3382.

For Project Criteria and Evaluation Rubric, click here.