Christopher P. Cain

Christopher P. Cain, Ph.D., PGA, CHE

Director & Professor in Residence

HOS 186
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Areas of Research

  • Student persistence factors within golf management programs
  • Leadership competencies necessary for hospitality managers  
  • Increasing diversity and gender equity within club and golf management employment positions

Industry Focus

  • Leadership and management roles within the club and golf industry
  • Nurturing talent pipelines within golf industry
  • Golf management operations

Courses Taught

  • All PGM courses related to the business, people, and game learning objectives associated PGA golf management education  (PGM 102, 110, 111, 201, 202, 301, 302, 401)
  • Leadership Management and Ethics (HOA 307)
  • Principles of Club and Golf Management (MHA 690)


  • Director, PGA Golf Management University Program
  • Faculty Advisor, PGA Golf Management Student Association
  • Honorary President PGMEA, Past President PGA Las Vegas Chapter, Past PGA Program Evaluation Team Member, Past BODs for Southern Nevada Golf Association, First Tee of Southern Nevada, Nevada Golf Course Owners Association, Southwest Section PGA, and PGA of America National Education Committee Member

More about Christopher Cain

Following a 10 year career in the golf and club management industry, Dr. Christopher Cain received his Ph.D. in Higher Education with a focus on Education Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Dr. Cain earned his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Recreation and Leisure Studies from Pennsylvania State University.  His teachings, invited presentations and research focus on facility management(club and golf), leadership, and general management learning objectives as well as student persistence factors related to degree attainment.