Students who have completed components or all of the Golf Club Operations Online Certificate Program share their Selkirk experience and what the courses have meant for their careers.
"Thanks for giving me another tool for my tool box."
"I just wanted to let you know how valuable the equipment replacement project was, I am now about to start my own for my club, as it really pointed out where we are at as a development. For years I have been trying to let them look into the future but they have such a hard time looking more than a year ahead. Our club started the same year as the assignment yet I had to no capital to improve on my equipment until this upcoming season or no plan was accepted. Thanks for giving me another tool for my tool box." -Norley Calder, Superintendent, Sagebrush Cl on GCOOL 101
"This program allows me to advance in my education while maintaining a work/life balance."
The Selkirk College, Online Golf Operations Program, has opened my eyes to a new career. As a professional project manager looking for an different life experience, this course has all that I need. The teachings are current, informative and thought inspiring. The course program allows me to advance in my education while maintaining a work/life balance. I have recommended this program to others with similar interests, and encouraged them to explore alternative ideas." -Lorena DePrato-Najnar , Project Administrator - RJ Burnside & Associates, Orangeville ON
"I would recommend this program for managers and staff of all facilities.”
“I have recently completed all 10 on-line courses in the Golf Course Operations On Line program through Selkirk College. The information has not only reinforced existing practices at our Club but has introduced new ideas and helped us move forward in a positive direction. We are constantly changing to keep current and progressive in our market and whether it is refreshing what we already know or learning something new, these courses have been extremely helpful in our professional development. As a member of the Canadian Society of Club Managers, who supports Selkirk College in their endeavors, I would recommend this program for managers and staff of all facilities.” -Julie Knobloch, General Manager of the Vernon Golf & Country Club, Vernon, BC
"Thank you for providing qualifying and valid learning options for business people."
"The way I see it…you can never know or learn too much. Selkirk College Online Courses support this concept by making courses manageable. As I reflect back to when I enrolled in the program of Golf Club Operations; while working with the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee; and while dealing with everyday activities; I have been inspired to continue learning because it is at my own pace. Thank you for providing qualifying and valid learning options for business people." -Cheryl Gollub, Deputy Operations Manager,Olympic and Paralympic Family Hotels, Vancouver 2010 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee
"Combines theory and practical elements to give students a clear picture of what needs to be done."
"GCOOL 105 is an excellent course for outside grounds crew workers to take. It provides an excellent overview of many aspects that go into keeping a golf course in top shape and combines theory and practical elements to give students a clear picture of what needs to be done, and why the tasks are important!" -Dave Sloan, Director of Instruction, SD 60 Peace River North
"These courses broadened my knowledge and provided me with the opportunity for advancement."
"The GCOOL courses were very informative, and definitely increased my understanding of the operations of a golf club. These courses broadened my knowledge and provided me with the opportunity for advancement in the golf industry." -Ross Dwhytie, Manager, Outside Services Gallagher's Canyon Golf Club
"This course has helped make us more professional and organized."
"I recently completed the HR Management course. I found this very informative and have implemented most of the chapters for our golf course. This course has helped make us more professional and organized. Thanks for all your help and ideas!" -Shelley Greaney, Clubhouse Manager, Pineridge Golf Resort, Seba Beach, Alberta
"The GCOOL Program from Selkirk has exceeded all of my expectations."
"I have expectations to one day become the GM of a Golf Club. Programs that offer the right tools to achieve this goal are hard to find. The GCOOL Program from Selkirk has exceeded all of my expectations. The passion of the teachers for the golf industry, combined with the commitment of both the student and teacher, makes this program unique and indispensable to achieve personal growth within the golf industry." -Steve Deschênes, Head Professional, Memphremagog Golf Club
"The quality of the courses is superb."
“The GCOOL online courses offered through Selkirk College are perfect for my work schedule and lifestyle. The quality of the courses is superb and the knowledge I’ve gained have been a tremendous benefit.” -Guy Dow, C.P.G.A. Professional, Penticton Golf and Country Club
"Beyond my expectations with expedient responses and sound advice on any queries I had during the course."
"It was indeed a pleasure undertaking GCOOL 103. Having previous experience with online programs through the Cornell Hospitality School and Ryerson University, I looked forward to tackling the Selkirk College program. Once actively involved, I was never disappointed with the curriculum that was supported by an excellent up-to-date textbook containing relevant real world examples and a reliable Study Guide. In addition, the professional assistance was beyond my expectations with expedient responses and sound advice on any queries I had during the course. The information I learned was immediately applied to current situations within the private club environment and further helped to substantiate my knowledge in cost controls. I look forward to completing further courses in this very convenient format but nonetheless challenging method of learning." -Brian Pope, General Manager, Royal Canadian Yacht Club
"I definitely recommend this course for people that are in the golf industry and have the responsibility of trying to market their business through the every changing and challenging economy."
"I have just completed the golf course marketing online course through Selkirk College. I had never taken an online course before and it has been some 22 years since my formal schooling ended. The course is very easy to use, both reading, powerpoint and videos. The instructor was fast to respond to questions and grade papers. We own a relatively young golf course and we needed "new" ideas and ways to market the business.The content has opened my eyes to opportunities for our golf course. I definitely recommend this course for people that are in the golf industry and have the responsibility of trying to market their business through the every changing and challenging economy." -Heather Aylott, Quarry Lakes Golf & Recreation Centre Inc.
"I am confident in saying that the program is well thought out and employs high quality instruction."
"In recently completing G104 Financial Tools and G102 Overview of Golf Operations, I am confident in saying that the program is well thought out and employs high quality instruction. The material covered was very thorough, utilizing PowerPoint software, video clips and text reading. The Moodle software platform is easy to navigate, user friendly, and operated flawlessly for me. In particular, I was impressed that I could check my grades at any time, and communicate with classmates and instructors through the forums. I would recommend this program to anyone wishing to gain knowledge in the golf management industry." -Adam Bedell. Manager, Fairmont Southampton, Bermuda
"I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone in the golf club industry, especially; General Managers, Clubhouse and Food and Beverage Managers, and Membership Directors."
"I found the GCOOL 106 to be an extremely beneficial program, which managed subtlety to convey the necessary technical marketing definitions, philosophies and data, without forgetting who the program was aimed at, and ensured that programs and initiatives were geared specifically for the golf club manager. Having completed the course, I would wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone in the golf club industry, especially; General Managers, Clubhouse and Food and Beverage Managers, and Membership Directors. In an increasingly competitive industry, I am pleased to have obtained this additional knowledge, which I believe is invaluable, and the necessary understanding of how I can effectively utilize this knowledge to improve the marketing success of my club." -Aidan Blunt, General Manager, Pointe West Golf Club, Past-President CSCM Southwestern Ontario Branch
"I had the most amazing teacher who motivated me to learn again, thanks Steve."
"I've just completed GCOOL 108 Human Resources, wow.. what an awesome course! I had the most amazing teacher who motivated me to learn again, thanks Steve. I have started implementing things at work that I learned from the course and am already seeing results. I really appreciated the advice and quick responses from the teacher, the fast and efficient grading of assignments and the positive comments along the way! I would recommend this class to anyone in the golf industry in a management or supervisory position; you won't regret taking it!" -Caitlin MacGregor, Floor Supervisor - Beach Grove Golf Club, Tsawwassen, BC
"Intuitive on-line platform, experienced teachers and swift support allowed me to study at ease."
"As a French national living and working in Dubai, GCOOL 102 was exactly the distance program I have been looking for on the Internet. Its great intuitive on-line platform, experienced teachers and swift support allowed me to study at ease while performing my normal duty from the comfort of my house!” -Sebastien Montier, Dubai
"This course helped guide me towards achieving all the goals that I had set for myself and my workplace for the 2011 season."
"I highly enjoyed taking GCOLL 108: Human Resources. The content of the course was very relevant to golf course management. I was able to apply what I had learnt in the course to my workplace immediately. This course helped guide me towards achieving all the goals that I had set for myself and my workplace for the 2011 season. The professor was always great to answer any questions I had during the course. I would recommend GCOOL 108 and all of the GCOOL courses to anyone what is interested in taking Golf Course Management." -Katie Andrews, Summerheights Golf Links, Cornwall, ON
"Interesting, easy to follow and provided valuable insight into the role of marketing in golf club management."
"John, you facilitated both academic content and the human side of Golf Club Operations. The content of this module provided me with a complete understanding of golf clubs operating modes while your teaching and interacting methods led me to feel closer to your class despite the distance! A big thank you for your availability and professionalism at all times and for sharing your knowledge with so much passion!...I recently completed GCOOL 106 Golf Club Marketing. I have to admit prior to taking the course I had little knowledge about marketing and found the subject a little intimidating. I was quickly cured of that. The weekly modules were interesting, easy to follow and provided valuable insight into the role of marketing in golf club management, the benefits of developing a sound marketing strategy and the tools to accomplish this." -Barbara Fields, Nelson, B.C. on GCOOL 102 & 106
"Your feedback has helped."
"Thank you very much for the very helpful and informative Human Resources for Club Managers course. Your feedback has helped, and I am currently trying to implement a lot of what I learned. I am also finishing the Food and Beverage course and trying to implement a lot of that information as well. As with any family business, there are large obstacles, but I know that the knowledge I have gained with the GCOOL courses so far can do nothing but help." -Jason Munroe, Operations Manager, River Oaks Golf Course