The United States Sports Academy, “America’s Sports University”, and WorldTeam, among the largest privately owned sport services companies in the People’s Republic of China, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Friday, 7 January 2011, establishing the framework for the development of the Sino-American Golf Academy (SAGA) in that country.
Plans call for the development of three comprehensive golf cities in China, each with a SAGA campus as a centerpiece in the golf community. Groundbreaking for the first of the golf cities on 5,100 acres of property in Fujian will take place on 21 April and construction will take two years to complete. Academy President Dr. Thomas P. Rosandich will join WorldTeam President Guo “Jack” Jie for the groundbreaking ceremony.
The Academy will be involved in the design and planning for all three of the golf schools. It is anticipated that the second and third of the golf cities will be developed in rapid succession following the launch of the first facility.
However, the golf education program will not have to wait for the completion of the campus in Fujian. The Academy and WorldTeam will develop a graduate-level certificate program in Golf Management in cooperation with the Hunan International Economics University located in Changshan, Hunan Province. The Hunan International Economics University is among the largest private universities in China and has already developed a Bachelor’s Degree in Golf Education.
As envisioned, the graduate certificate program would offer advanced training in Golf Course Management for senior golf club managers with an emphasis on western management skills. The recent approval of golf being added to the Olympic Games, combined with the explosive growth of the golf industry in China, has created a need for trained golf club professionals that is not currently being met by the educational institutions in that country. The first students in the Golf Management certificate program will be admitted to study in the fall semester.