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 new 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 2023. 

Earn up to 6 total credit hours. Our newest and one-of-a-kind program. If your interests include Golf, Sports, & Recreation Science, then this program is for you!

Summer 2023 Program Start Dates:

May 28, 2023 – June  24, 2023

Now Accepting Applications for 2023

16 spots ONLY for the 2023 program!

Program Fee: $4,495 (for 4-week option)

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, and rounds at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Kingarrock, and more. These two courses provide practical experience as well as theory and will strengthen the resumes of students interested in sports and recreation careers.

Students will learn about the history and development of golf and enhance their coaching and performance skills. Visits and tee times are scheduled at Dukes Golf Course at St. Andrews, Gleneagles, Kingarrock Hickory Golf Course, and others. Students are advised to contact their academic counselor to review the descriptions of the three courses for appropriate transfer academic credit.

The program will be held just north of Edinburgh at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) Elmwood campus in the old market town of Cupar, alongside rich rural scenery, farmland, and country estates. The SRUC Elmwood Campus is recognized as a national and international center for golf-related specialisms. 

In addition to regular program coursework, students will have an option for weekend excursions such as sightseeing in Edinburgh or tee time at designated golf courses (additional fees may apply).

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

*Due to limited availability, in all Scotland programs, there is a $500 holding deposit required. 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.* 

What’s Included

Pre-departure orientation and counseling
Airport pickup and orientation on arrival in Scotland
College tuition for three classes.  See your own academic advisor to determine credit hours.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided during the week
Access to computers at the college Resource Centre.
College 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 three 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 Program Details

4-Week Golf Study Abroad Course
Start date: May 28, 2023 
End Date: June 24, 2023

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

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.

Application Deadline – March 28th, 2023

Program Fee

Summer Golf Program:


Sample Itinerary

Date Time
Monday, May 29th9:30 amOrientation
10:30 amIntroduction to Golf faculty & staff
11 amTour campus & housing facilities, golf facilities & social lunch
1:30 pm – 4 pmModule: History of Golf
Tuesday, May 30th9 am – 12 pmModule: History of Golf
1 pm – 4 pmGolf: Introduction to SRUC Elmwood GC – Golf Training
Wednesday, May 31th9 am – 12 pmModule: History of Golf Visit & Play: Kingarrock Hickory Golf Course, Cupar
1 pm – 4 pmModule: Golf Coaching-Intermediate
6 pmGolf night/practice: optional
Thursday, June 1st9 am – 12 pmModule: History of Golf
1 pm – 4 pmModule: Golf Coaching-Intermediate Introduction to ball flights and laws
Friday, June 2nd9 am – 12 pmModule: History of History of Golf Visit: British Golf Museum, St Andrews
1 pm – 4 pmModule: History of Golf Assessment
Saturday, June 3rdDay trip – Edinburgh sightseeing day trip: Optional golf at Dukes Course,
St Andrews or New Course St Andrews (additional green fee required)
Sunday, June 4thFree Day – Option of golf at the Dukes Course or Elmwood Golf Course.
(additional green fee required)

Golf Study Abroad Course Descriptions

Recreation & Sports Management

(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.

(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.

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