Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Units: 1
Hours: 3 laboratory per week (36 total per quarter)
Advisory: This course is included in the Individual Sports family of activity courses.
Degree & Credit Status: Degree-Applicable Credit Course
Foothill GE: Area VII: Lifelong Learning
Transferable: CSU/UC
Grade Type: Letter Grade (Request for Pass/No Pass)
Repeatability: Not Repeatable

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate with increased proficiency the skills necessary for the full golf swing, the chip shot and putting stroke
  • Demonstrate proper etiquette and knowledge of rules for golf course play


Introduces the fundamentals of the golf swing, knowledge of equipment, terminology and course etiquette.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:
A. Understand the rules and terminology of golf.
B. Acquire knowledge on the history of the game.
C. Discuss, introduce and explain golf equipment.
D. Develop basic skills of proper posture, grip, and alignment.
E. Display proper etiquette of golf.
F. Learn and acquire skills to play golf.

Course Content

A. Pre-shot Fundamentals
1. Grip
2. Aim
3. Set Up
B. Forms of Learning
1. Verbal
2. Visual
3. Kinsthetic
C. In Swing Fundamentals
1. Swing Plan
2. Timing
3. Impact
4. Swing Center
5. Posture
D. Rules and Etiquette
1. Courtesy to Fellow Golfers
2. Discussion of Rules
3. Pace of Play
E. History
1. Origin
2. Evolution of Equipment
3. Influential Players in History
F. Terminology
1. Aim Line
2. Backspin
3. Shank
4. Casting
5. Block
6. Chunking
7. Closed and Open Club Face
8. Fade and Draw
9. Flat and Upright Swing
10. Lag
D. Golf Shot Execution
1. Putting
2. Chipping
3. Pitching
4. Full Swing

Lab Content

Lab content includes demonstrations of the following:
A. Putting
B. Chipping
C. Pitching
D. Full Swing
E. Driver Swing
F. Sand Shots

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

A. Golf clubs, balls, and golf range.
B. When taught as an online distance learning or hybrid section, students and faculty need ongoing and continuous internet and email access.

Method(s) of Evaluation

A. Physical skills and techniques will be assessed by direct instructor observation.
B. Test on rules of golf and terminology.

Method(s) of Instruction

A. Demonstration
B. Explanation

Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Penick, Harvey. Harvey Penick's Little Red Book. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013.


Types and/or Examples of Required Reading, Writing, and Outside of Class Assignments

Optional reading would include monthly golf publications, e.g., Golf Digest.



Physical Education