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BUS 491 Special Topics: Using Golf in Business

Looking for a very unique tool to add to your professional tool box?  Learn how to use GOLF in business!  Enroll in the only class of its kind in the Big 10:  BUS 491 Special Topics: Using Golf in Business!

It may sound too good to be true, but by enrolling in BUS 491, Special Topics: Using Golf in Business, you can benefit from a course that many describe as one of the most unique and professionally relevant courses at MSU.

This course is designed in a way that allows everyone to participate: from the new golfer to the more experienced player.  The course is split up into classroom lecture and golf in the form of instruction or playing-modules.  New or intermediate golfers receive swing instruction and more experienced player’s complete on-course playing requirements.

Earn 3 credits in 10 weeks and learn:

  • The types, uses and benefits of business golf
  • How to develop a business golf strategy
  • Proper golf etiquette and business golf etiquette
  • The USGA Rules of Golf
  • The art of business golf conversation
  • The secret language of handshakes
  • How to handle different personality types while playing business golf
  • How to be a good business golf host and guest
  • Cultural, international, gender, ethical, moral and generational considerations in business golf
  • How to utilize the 19th hole to your full advantage
  • How to create a powerful LinkedIn profile
  • How to write an effective elevator pitch/personal statement
  • How to organize a golf outing

The most valuable aspect of this course is the semester project: the (required) 9-hole team scramble Business Golf Outing.  Students are paired with business professionals with extensive business golf experience.  This outing provides students with a chance to practice business golf skills while networking with business professionals from many industries.

This OFF CAMPUS class is offered BOTH FALL AND SPRING SEMESTER and is conducted at Centennial Acres Golf Course in Sunfield, MI, 12485 Dow Rd, Sunfield, MI 48890.

Classes are held one time per week for 10 weeks.  Class times are from 3:45 to 7:15 pm.  Check the Schedule of Courses for class availability.  Seats are going F-A-S-T so don’t delay!

You DO NOT need golf experience! This is NOT a fitness/physical activity course but we do cover the basics of grip, aim, stance and posture for putting, chipping, pitching and the full swing.  We provide just enough swing experience to help the new golfer feel comfortable during the Business Golf Outing.

This class is open to ALL juniors, seniors and most graduate students.

Non-business students MAY enroll by requesting an override through the Online Override System 

Click here to see a TA produced video about BUS 491 Using Golf in Business.

Questions?  Contact the Instructor: Jan Brintnall, LPGA Member Professional at

Business networks are built on the golf course, not in conference rooms or offices.  Don’t be left sitting at your desk while your colleagues are out on the golf course building relationships, making decisions and closing deals!

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