Approved by Faculty Senate

University Studies Course Approval
Department of Physical Education and Recreation

PER Course Number: 141
Semester Hours: 1 SH
Frequency of Offering: Every semester, multiple sections
Course Title: Golf
Catalog Description: This course will teach students the techniques of a golf swing. Golf course strategies and etiquette will be explained and examined on an authentic golf course.

YES, this is an existing course previously approved by A2C2.

NO, this is not a new course proposal.


University Studies Approval is requested under Physical Development and Wellness in the BASIC SKILLS area.


PER 100 Soccer
PER 101 Basketball
PER 102 Slow-Pitch Softball
PER 103 Racquetball
PER 104 Volleyball
PER 112 Folk & Square Dance
PER 116 Modern Dance I
PER 118 Jazz Dance I
PER 120 Ballroom Dance
PER 122 Beginning Swimming
PER 123 Swimming & Water Safety
PER 128 Ballet I
PER 134 Skiing
PER 135 Weight Training
PER 136 Tap Dance
PER 137 Fencing
PER 139 Tennis
PER 140 Bowling
PER 141 Golf
PER 142 Badminton

The general goal or intent of the 100 level courses listed above is to expose
students to, and create participative interest in, movement-based learning
opportunities designed to enhance physical and emotional health and wellness
throughout one’s life span. Physical Education faculty concur that regardless of
the specific teaching tool utilized (e.g. badminton, volleyball, racquetball, etc.) all
PER 100 courses contribute to a similar set of course outcomes.

As required in 1 and 2 of the approval process, the following address the
outcomes listed for physical education 100 level activity courses and
document course content and learning activities relevant to the course outcomes:

Outcome #1: learn skills that will improve the quality and length of their

Through active participation in the listed PER 100 level courses, students
will experience first hand how physical wellness activities positively
impact one's quality of life.

PE 100 level courses contribute to cardio-vascular fitness, flexibility,
muscular endurance and strength. These factors are known to enhance both
longevity and quality of life.

Outcome #2: make pro-active choices leading to a healthier lifestyle

Incidence of inactivity in our culture will not be reduced without
considerable lifestyle change in people of all ages. Through participation
in the various physical activities introduced in PER 100 level courses,
students will gain first hand awareness of the manner in which physical
activity can stimulate both mind and body. After having gained this insight,
students may be more inclined to set and maintain long term goals related to
overall fitness and a healthier lifestyle.

Outcome #3 explore dimensions of personal health promotion and disease

Research indicates that physical activity reduces the risk for several
major chronic diseases. Skills and information introduced in PER 100
courses will heighten students’ awareness of the importance of developing
and/or maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. When this awareness leads to
increased activity as a lifestyle change, the student will reduce his/her risk for
development of any diseases associated with inactivity.

Outcome #5 understand health as multidimensional, involving the whole
person's relationship to the total environment

PE 100 level courses involve the "whole person." The body is being improved
physically (hands-on activities), the mind is learning and expanding
(comprehension of rules and strategies, etc.), and students have opportunities to
improve their social development (teamwork, cooperation, healthy competition,
etc.) and appreciation of movement.

Outcome #6: utilize physical activity to reduce medical risks and provide
relaxation, socialization and balance in their lives

By nature of the physical requirements within the PER100 level courses,
students are challenged to improve their level of physical fitness.
Research indicates that one's level of fitness is associated with a
person's ability to work effectively, enjoy leisure time, be healthy,
resist disease, and cope with stress.

Each new activity based skill introduced gives the student additional
choices for a healthy and balanced leisure lifestyle.

The introduction of team games and skill related practice activities in PER
100 courses infuses a socialization aspect.

Outcome # 8 Enhance creative use of leisure time

The development and creative expression of an active leisure lifestyle is partially
dependent upon building a repertoire of leisure activity skills. Through skills
practice and other instructional strategies, students enrolled in PER 100 courses
gain new participatory skills and knowledge of leisure resources. This, in turn,
enhances the students’ repertoire of leisure skills which may ultimately lead to
more creative use of leisure time.

Outcome #9: develop skills consistent with efficient levels of human movement

With practice, basic skills introduced in physical education activity
courses may be taken to a higher level of physical achievement. As skill
related competencies become enhanced, participation typically becomes more
intrinsically rewarding. Individuals who are intrinsically motivated to
participate in healthy movement based activities are likely to continue
this pattern on a regular basis. Regular and consistent participation in a physical
activity leads to more efficient levels of human movement.

This is a 1 credit University Studies course that satisfies the "Physical Development and
Wellness" component of the student’s Basic Skills program. Designated University Studies
outcomes for this course are listed below

Outcome #1 Learn skills that will improve the quality and length of their lives.

Outcome #2 Make proactive choices leading to a healthier lifestyle.

Outcome #3 Explore dimensions of personal health promotion and disease prevention.

Outcome #5 Understand health as multidimensional, involving the whole person’s relationship to the total environment.

Outcome #6 Utilize physical activity to reduce medical risks and provide relaxation, socialization and balance in their lives.

Outcome #8 Enhance creative use of leisure time.

Outcome #9 Develop skills consistent with efficient levels of human movement.

College of Education
Department of Physical Education and Recreation
PER 141 Golf - 1 SH


  1. Course Description


1. Catalog Description

This course will teach students the techniques of a golf swing. Golf course strategies and etiquette will be explained and examined on an authentic golf course.

  1. Statement of the Major Focus and Objectives of the Course

Golf is a game that is enjoyed by people of all ages and physiques. It is a lifetime activity that does not demand a high degree of physical prowess to be enjoyable.

To really enjoy participation in any sport, one wants to do well; therefore, a
knowledge of the game and a degree of skill should be developed.

The instructional program is designed to provide an opportunity to learn the language and strategy of golf and to develop the skills necessary so that you can enjoy it in your leisure time.

Major Objectives

    1. To develop the following basic skills: full golf swing, partial swings for
    2. shorter shots and putting. (Outcomes #1,9)

     2. To understand the relationship between set-up, balance and posture
        to a successful swing. (Outcomes #1,2,9)

               3. To appreciate the golf environment and understand proper care of a
                   golf course. (Outcomes #5,8)

               4.To understand and apply the rules, procedures and courtesies of golf.
                  (Outcome #8)

                5. To be able to carefully select the proper equipment needed to enjoy
                    the game of golf. (Outcomes #6,8)

                6. To understand and enjoy golf for its physical, social and leisure
                     benefits. (Outcomes #1,2,9)

3. Course Outline of Major Topics and Subtopics

                      I. Equipment (Outcomes #3,4,5)

A. Clubs
B. Shoes
C. Balls
D. Practice ranges
E. Golf courses
F. Carts, tees, clothing and other articles

II. Techniques (Outcomes #1,2)

A. Stance

    1. Square
    2. Closed
    3. Open

B. Grips

1. Vardon cover lapping grip
2. Interlocking
3. Non-lapping (baseball grip)

C. Swing

                   1. Posture
                   2. Backswing
                   3. Downswing and contact
                   4. Follow-through

D. Miscellaneous

            1. Chipping
            2. Pitching
            3. Hitting from hazard
            4. Play from uneven terrain
            5. Putting

III. Rules and Strategy (Outcomes #4,5)

A. On the fairway
B. On the green

IV. Etiquette


                                         A.   On the tee

B. On the fairway

C. On the green

4. Basic Instructional Plan and Teaching Methods

Demonstration, video tape, practice range, golf course play.

5. Course Requirements and Evaluation

Participation is required.

Practical pre-test and post-test on swing mechanics. Student must be
able to explain correct mechanics of the golf swing. (5 Pts.)

Students must be able to demonstrate proper set up and:

    1. shift weight to back foot on back swing
    2. left arm relatively straight
    3. club head pointed at target at top of swing
    4. hips rotate first followed by arms and club meeting ball
    5. follow-through on front foot back foot rotated up on toe (5 Pts.)

                   8 – 10 Pts.               A
                   7 Pts.                       B
                   6 Pts.                       C
                   5 Pts.                       D
                   4 or Below              E

  1. Textbook or Alternative

Handout on proper swing mechanics - required reading.

7. List of References and Bibliography

Leadbetter, D. (1990). The Golf Swing. Penguin Books, New York.

Toski, B. Love, D. Jr. (1988). How to feel the golf swing. Golf Digest.

Random House, New York.