Golf Academy of America / Scam
Please read entire post before considering attending the golf academy of america
I am a recent graduate from the golf academy in myrtle beach. I attended the school right out of the military, so to say the least, the government paid for absolutely everything. Where should i start, lets see, i will start when i went to visit the school. They gave me a lot of information, everything good of course, but unfortunately nothing that pertained to a actual career in the golf industry and what you need to do to get a descent job as a class a teaching professional or a member of the pga.
They didn't tell any of the students coming into the school and it wasn't until the middle of the second semester that one of the instructors, who is one of the few very good instructors, told us about the pga apprenticeship program and what you need to do to get into it. Basically the only purpose of the school is to prepare you for the courses you will have to take if and when you pass the pga's pat, which is another 3 years of the exact same work that you just paid $33, 000 for.
Here is a eye opener, you do not need to go to the golf academy to get into the pga apprenticeship program. All you have to be is a good golfer and pass the pat, and then get a job at a course at as a assistant professional, and then you will be eligible to get your books and start your course work to be a pga professional. The pga doesn't even recognize the golf academy when it comes to taking the pat. When i say that i mean, pgm program students have first option at taking the pat, then people who work at a golf course, then two weeks prior to the pat, golf academy students and anyone else who may want to take the test may sign up. If you sign up early and take up a spot, i was told and confirmed this with the pga, you will be banned for 6 months from taking it.
Now the course work at the school. It is basically a joke and i kid you not when i say this. Everyone passes and all you have to do is show up for class. Everyone passes because all they want is your money, it is nothing like a real college or university. There are a great deal of courses in the myrtle beach area where the students are treated like ### due to the way some of the students carry themselves on the course, not to mention the drinking and drug use right on the course. This even carries over into the classroom where there is a huge drug problem at that school, and the instructors turn a blind eye to it.
The school has some great instructors, but there are also a lot of unprofessional ones and a lot of classes that are a complete joke. Please take my word for it, if you want a job in the golf industry get a job working bag drop at a course and work your way up and take some lessons from the pro at the course you would be working. You will save your self a boat load of money.
About me, i did pass the pat and am in a apprenticeship program, and i would not hire a golf academy student over a pgm student just because i know the school is a complete joke. But again, just like everything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it. If i were to do it again, i would not go to the golf academy of america. Oh yeah, very few if any credits will transfer to any accredited college or university if you plan on getting a bachelor's but then again, virginia college will be more than glad to give you a bachelor's degree if you give them more money.