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PGA Golf Management Program News

The PGA golf management program is one of only 18 PGA-accredited college programs in the U.S. and offers a unique opportunity to learn in Las Vegas—one of the top golf cities in the nation and home to nearly 50 notable courses. Students receive hands-on training through classroom instruction, practical internship experience, community service, and other career development opportunities.

Current Golf Management News

UNLV golf bag at Spanish Trail Country Club (Lucas Peltier).
Research | October 19, 2022

A unique partnership and research facility is evolving the game of golf.

man posing in golf shop
People | May 9, 2022

The PGA Golf Management program coordinator carves out a unique path in academia.


Professor Nancy Lough standing in front of Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
People | January 4, 2021

Great places are made of great people. Here are a few who made the news in 2020.

Ryan Livermore stands in a Topgolf hitting bay
People | February 21, 2019

Professional Golf Management alumnus Ryan Livermore found the perfect balance of golf and hospitality at Topgolf.

Samuel Masters uses a length of rope to measure out a distance on artificial grass.
Athletics | February 21, 2019

With the cutting-edge tech of its biomechanics lab, UNLV's PGA Golf Management program is harvesting vital data for golf research.

A golfer lines up his shot
Athletics | February 8, 2019

How UNLV’s PGA Golf Management Program is using hospitality principles—and a state-of-the-art facility—to help define golf’s future

Golf Management In The News

The Savannah Tribune
September 15, 2021

PGA REACH has awarded scholarships to 10 students through the PGA WORKS Golf Management University Scholarship Program for the 2021-2022 academic school year.

October 30, 2020

University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) PGA Golf Management University Program Director Dr. Christopher Cain, PGA, has earned the prestigious PGA Master Professional status, the highest educational designation that can be obtained by a PGA Member. Cain achieved his PGA Master Professional designation in Executive Management.

Study International News
October 15, 2019

It’s great to have a job, but it’s even better when it’s a career built around your calling.

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 24, 2019

Flashback about a decade ago to the dark days during the recession. The powers that be at UNLV were faced with difficult decisions, among them, what curriculums needed to be slashed to balance the budget.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 1, 2016

Hardly a week goes by on the PGA Tour without a former UNLV golfer showing up on the leaderboard. Last week at The Barclays it was Adam Scott, Ryan Moore and Charley Hoffman each finishing in the top 13.

Recent Golf Management Accomplishments

July 7, 2021
Christopher Cain and James Busser (both Hospitality), together with Lisa Cain, ’15 Ph.D. in Hospitality Administration, are authors of “An exploratory assessment of callings: The importance of specialization” published in the International Hospitality Review. The study sought to understand how having a calling influenced engagement, work-life…
February 2, 2021
Brian Jones (Hospitality) of the UNLV PGA golf management program recently received a PGA Professional Development Award from the Southwest PGA. The award is presented to a PGA professional who has made significant leadership contributions in education.
September 22, 2020
Christopher Cain (PGA Management Program) successfully completed the Professional Golfers' Association's (PGA) highest level of education — the PGA master professional in executive management. The PGA master professional program was established in 1969 to recognize PGA professionals who make a significant effort to improve themselves as golf…
January 8, 2020
Kendall Murphy (Hospitality) of the UNLV PGA golf management program recently was named Golf Professional of the Year by the Southern Nevada Chapter of the PGA. This marks the second consecutive year Murphy has received this honor.
November 22, 2019
Chris Cain (Golf Management) has been named the 2019 winner of the Horton Smith Award given by the Southwest PGA (Professional Golfers' Association of America). Presented annually, the award recognizes a PGA professional who serves as a model educator to other PGA golf professionals. The Southwest PGA section represents Arizona and Southern Nevada…
January 17, 2019
Christopher Cain and Kendall Murphy (both Hospitality) recently were honored by the Southern Nevada chapter of the PGA. Cain received a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Murphy was named Golf Professional of the Year. Cain and Murphy head the PGA golf management program at the Harrah College of Hospitality. The program is one of only 18…