Academic Catalog


Foothill College Course Outline of Record

Foothill College Course Outline of Record
Heading Value
Effective Term: Summer 2023
Units: 2
Hours: 6 laboratory per week (72 total per quarter)
Advisory: This course is included in the Individual Sports family of activity courses; not open to students with credit in H P 25DX.
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 increasing degree of proficiency advanced golf skills including drive, bunker shots and putting.
  • Demonstrate with increasing proficiency and improvement in scoring in golf course play


Students will play an 18 hole golf course, including multiple game formats (scramble, shotgun, and bestball), practice with club selection, and "reading" the ball.

Course Objectives

The student will be able to:

  1. Develop intermediate skills in golf shot execution
  2. Develop the knowledge and skills to play a regulation golf course
  3. Understand the etiquette involved in playing on a golf course
  4. Demonstrate an improvement in scoring through instructor observation and tournament competition

Course Content

  1. Develop intermediate skills for long and short golf game
    1. Putting
    2. Chipping
    3. Pitching
    4. The use of long irons and woods
    5. Driver
  2. Knowledge and skills to play a regulation golf course
    1. Preparing the student and describing swing flaws
    2. Club selection
    3. Strategies
    4. Focus and mental toughness
    5. Game formats (scramble, bestball)
    6. Relaxation and stress reduction techniques
  3. Knowledge of rules and etiquette
    1. Hazards, out of bounds, lateral and water hazards (red stakes, white stakes, yellow stakes)
    2. Pace of play, e.g., keeping up with the group in front of you
    3. Replace divots, repair ball marks
    4. Common on-course courtesies, e.g., no talking or moving while someone is hitting
  4. Scoring
    1. Course management
    2. Risk and reward
    3. Club options
    4. Shot selections

Lab Content

Lab content includes demonstrations of the following:

  1. Putting
  2. Chipping
  3. Pitching
  4. Sand shots
  5. Driving

Special Facilities and/or Equipment

1. Regulation golf course, practice putting green, chipping area, sand trap.
2. Golf clubs, golf balls, and tees.
3. 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

Methods of Evaluation may include but are not limited to the following:

Physical skills and adjustment techniques will be assessed by instructor
On-course demeanor and adherence to rules and etiquette

Method(s) of Instruction

Methods of Instruction may include but are not limited to the following:


Representative Text(s) and Other Materials

Penick, Harvey. Harvey Penick's Little Red Book. 2013.

Although this text is older than the suggested "5 years or newer" standard, it remains a seminal text in this area of study.

R&A and USGA Rules of Golf (current year)
Note: The most recent edition of the rules will be used; annual updates are available online at

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

  1. Optional reading activities to include monthly golf publications, such as golf magazines and periodicals
  2. Professional tournament viewing


Physical Education