Golf study abroad in scotland - sports and recreation

Recreation and Sports Management:
Golf Study Abroad in Scotland

Recreation and Sports Management in Scotland

Interested in a round of golf at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, and other famous courses in Scotland while earning academic credit? Now is your chance! Enroll today for our golf, recreation science, and sports management study abroad program in the country where golf originated. Adelante Abroad will offer this Golf Study Abroad Program in Summer 2024.

Our newest and one-of-a-kind program. Earn up to 6 total credit hours and live in your own room at St. Andrews Historic Golf Campus. If your interests include Golf, Sports, & Recreation Science, then this program is for you!

Golf students at world leading Gleneagles golf course in Scotland

2023 Golf study abroad was a big success. Read about our golf students’ experience from our inaugural program in this blog.

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Program Pricing & Dates

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Program Dates:

2025 TBD

Deadline to Apply: April 1, 2025
10 Total Spots 

Summer Golf Program Information

This four-week golf experience offers a high-performance program that includes courses on the History and Development of Golf, Golf Coaching and Intermediate Performance Skills, as well as rounds at some of the most famous golf courses in Scotland. These two courses provide practical experience and theory. Students are advised to contact their academic counselor to review the descriptions of the two courses for appropriate transfer academic credit.

Visits and tee times are scheduled at Dukes Golf Course at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Kingarrock Hickory Golf Course, and others. This program will strengthen the resumes of students with interests in sports and recreation careers.

Candidates will be housed in their own, fully furnished student accommodations at the prestigious St. Andrews University, a 10-minute walk from the historic practice range there. Transportation will be provided each morning to Elmwood campus for classes and outside golf locations. This campus is recognized as a national and international center for golf-related specialties and degrees. It is located in the old market town of Cupar, alongside rich, rural scenery, farmland, and country estates.

In addition to practice facilities at Elmwood, other outdoor practice teaching locations may include St. Andrews Links and the golf practice centers at Drumoig, Wellsgreen and The Dukes, as needed. Students also have options for weekend excursions such as sightseeing in Edinburgh and more Golf!! (additional fees may apply).

Register now at Adelante Abroad to secure your placement. Spots are limited.

*Due to limited availability, all Scotland programs have a required $500 holding deposit. You will receive an invoice following your phone interview and this will be due upon receipt in order to confirm your place. The holding deposit is non-refundable.*

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What’s Included

  • Pre-departure orientation and counseling.
  • Airport pickup and orientation on arrival in Scotland. Accommodations at St. Andrews University student self-catering apartment.
  • Two College level classes. See your own academic advisor to determine credit hours.
  • Lunch is provided Monday through Friday.
  • Access to computers at SRUC's Resource Centre andat St. Andrews University.
  • SRUC staff on-site will be available to assist students with individual requests e.g. golf outings, trekking in the Highlands or other activities and in-country travel.
  • Excursions can be arranged to local cultural sites and events e.g. Edinburgh Castle, Stirling Castle, William Wallace Monument, the Highland Games and more.
  • College tuition for two courses.
  • Transport Mon-Fri (weekend trips not included, but can be organized)
  • Golf green fee’s Mon-Fri (weekend optional golf not included, but can be organized)
  • Sealed college transcripts on completion. Certification is awarded by the Scottish Qualification Authority.
  • Golf, golf and more golf.

Golf Study Abroad Course Descriptions

Recreation & Sports Management

  • History & Development of Golf
    (Unit code: HW84 47)
  • Golf Coaching: Intermediate Performance Skills
    (Unit code: F3CL 34)
  • (Unit code: HW84 47)

    Unit purpose: This Unit is designed to enable candidates to develop knowledge of the development of golf and the broader factors which contributed to that history.

     On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to identify the different phases of the development of golf, explain and evaluate the characteristics of the developments within these phases, and identify the main factors, personalities and organizations involved in the phases of development. 

    1. Describe the theories of folk-game origins of golf. 

    2. Describe the processes of formalization, standardization and organization of the game of golf until 1850 and analyze the factors which contributed to these developments. 

    3. Evaluate the adoption and development of golf from 1850 to the present.

    Course Syllabus

  • (Unit code: F3CL 34)

    Unit purpose: This Unit is designed to develop the candidates’ knowledge and understanding of the various shots in golf including: pitching, bunker play and shots from ‘awkward’ lies’. The Unit enables candidates to identify key components involved in the technique of each shot and how to apply them in a practical performance and coaching situations. The Unit outlines the key rules of golf and when they should be applied. On completion of the Unit the candidate should be able to: 

    1. Describe the key rules of golf. 

    2. Describe the technical model for various shots in golf. 

    3. Demonstrate practical skills in various shots in golf. 

    4. Plan, deliver and evaluate four coaching sessions in golf.

    Golf Coaching Syllabus

Sample Itinerary

One Week Sample Itinerary



Monday, June 3rd

11 am – 12 pm

Orientation/ Introduction to Golf faculty and staff

12 pm


2 pm – 2:45 pm

Tour campus & housing facilities, golf facilities

3 pm

IT Induction: IT Lab

Tuesday, June 4th

9 am – 12 pm

Module: History of Golf

1 pm – 4 pm

Golf: Introduction to SRUC Elmwood GC – Golf Training

Wednesday, June 5th

9 am – 12 pm

Module: History of Golf

1 pm – 4 pm

Afternoon Trip: Visit & Play: Kingarrock Hickory Golf Course

Thursday, June 6th

9 am – 12 pm

SRUC Golf – Alumni Event

1 pm – 4 pm

SRUC Golf – Alumni Event

Friday, June 7th 

9 am – 12 pm

Module: History of History of Golf

1 pm – 4 pm

 Visit: World Golf Museum, St Andrews

Saturday, June 8th

1 pm – 4 pm

Free Day – Option of golf at the Dukes Course or Elmwood Golf Course. (additional green fee required)

Sunday, June 9th

Free Day – Option of golf at the Dukes Course or Elmwood Golf Course. (additional green fee required)

Application Process

The application deadline is 60-90 days prior to your chosen start date.

Late applications are accepted on a case by case basis and are subject to a $250 late fee.

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Golf Program Details

4-Week Golf Study Abroad Course
Dates: 2025 TBD
Program Price: $5,670

Courses include: 
History & Development of Golf
Golf Coaching Skills: Intermediate Performance Skills

Hear From Our Candidates​

This was by far the best trip that I have ever been on!! With the help of all the staff at SRUC Elmwood, it was very easy and quick to get integrated into the program and comfortable in a new country. They also taught us so much about the world of golf. From the history of golf, coaching, to talking with General Managers and Head Greenskeepers of facilities to get a behind-the-scenes look at the workings of a golf course. On top of that playing some of the best golf courses the world has to offer. There was so much information and experiences that were done over the month in Scotland that created countless memories that I will remember forever.

Katie S. Butler University golf
Katie S., Butler University
Golf Intern,

This has truly been a once-in-a-lifetime experience! The staff is top notch they are more like friends than teachers/chaperones. From top-notch coaching to world-renowned golf courses, this is definitely every golfers dream. The courses are also very engaging and rely heavily on real-world experience being able to go to hickory golf course, visit the golf museum and coach a group of children in golf. I recommend this program to anyone interested.

Gino A, University of Tennessee golf
Gino A., University of Tennessee
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