Department of Kinesiology and Health Science

California State University, Sacramento


Course Outline


Course Number:           KINS 083

Course Title:                 Beginning Golf

Unit Value:                   One

Course Instructor:         Don Mico                                             Office Number:  Golf Shed

                                                                                                Office Phone: N/A

                                                                                                Office Hours:  TTh 8-9am           

                                                                                                (At the Golf Shed)

                                                                                                Email Address:

GE Area E


Catalog Description


Development of sufficient basic proficiency in golf to recognize and enjoy it as a lifetime activity; including U.S.G.A. rules, etiquette and the fundamental mechanics involved in the use of irons and woods.


Course Description


The student will have the opportunity to develop basic golf skills through lectures, demonstration, drills and game play.  The student will also gain knowledge of golf etiquette and other areas as related to the game of golf.


Learning Objectives


A.     To understand the physiological, psychological, and social benefits of golf.


B.     To learn basic terms, rules, history, and etiquette related to the game of golf.


C.     To learn about the equipment and attire used in golf (different clubs and uses, shoes, clothing).


D.     To understand and perform the basic mechanics involved in the set-up, swing, and contact point for each area of golf (driving, chipping, putting).


E.      To be able to recognize the cause and correction of common errors (i.e.; slicing, topping).


F.      To develop the cooperative skills necessary for preparing and playing a round of golf on a course (i.e.; keeping score, location of courses).


G.     To recognize the various emotions involved with golf and identify how they can be helpful or detrimental to the game and one’s concentration.


H.     To gain an appreciation for the game and how adults and their families can enjoy golf and the lifetime benefits it provides.




Athletic shoes.  Absolutely no high-heels.


Almost golf balls and a brush tee.(I will show you the required equipment the first week of class). The golf balls can be purchased at Sports Chalet. The brush tee are for you to keep in your backpack. I will not collect them (brush tee). I will only collect the almost golf balls.


Absolutely no cell phone usage during class. If you use your cell phone during class, you will be required to leave, resulting in an absence and non-participation day. If this becomes a problem, the student maybe dropped from the class.


Grading System


Attendance:  20 Percent

You are allowed three (3) absences.  After that your grade will drop progressively per each additional absence.  You will not be allowed to participate if you are more than five (5) minutes late.  Three late days are equal to one absence.


Participation:  20 Percent

In order to receive credit for participation, you must do the activities/drills for that day.  Attending class and not participating will be counted as an absence and a non-participation day.


Exam:  20 Percent


Written Assignments:  15 Percent


Golf Equipment 10 Percent

Golf Balls and Golf Tees


Written Golf Paper 15 Percent

How Golf can benefit you physically, mental, and socially


92-100 = A                  78-79 = C+

90-91   = A-                72-77 = C

88-89   = B +               70-71 = C -

82-87   = B                  60-69 = D

80-81   = B-                  0-59 = F


Exams or other Methods of Evaluation


Mid-term exam on etiquette and golf terminology, worth 20% of final grade.


Weekly Course Outline


Week 1:  Introduction to Course Outline:  Discussion on GE and Area E Requirement, Warm-up routine, Safety.

Week 2:  Equipment:  Clubs, golf ball, and attire.  3 basic grips, set-up and stance

Week 3:  Stroke Development:  Pendulum

Week 4:  Terminology:  Eagle, Par, Birdie, Bogey, and etc.

Week 5:  Etiquette:  Behavior, noise

Week 6:  Swing Development:  Back swing, follow through

Week 7:  Bunker:  Rules and procedures

Week 8:  Review for Mid-term

Week 9:  Putting:  Stance and swing

Week 10:  Mid-irons:  Stance and swing

Week 11:  Mid-term:  Terminology and etiquette

Week 12:  Paper Due:  Game Play:  5 holes

Week 13:  Fairway Woods:  Stance, swing

Week 14:  Driver and Fairway Wood:  Ball positioning

Week 15:  Driver, Swing


Reading assignments or other Assignments


Students should read Golf Digest and golf tips at to get a better understanding of golf terminology and golf etiquette.  In addition, when reading students should take notice of how golf can benefit your physiological, psychological, and social well-being.


Writing Component


A 1-2 page typed paper on how golf can benefit you physically, mentally and socially.  Due the first class meeting after Thanksgiving Break.  I will not allow late papers or papers that are e-mailed.   If you are in a MW class, it is due the Monday after Thanksgiving Break.  If you are in a TTh class, it is due the Tuesday after Thanksgiving Break.  There will be no exceptions.




Adams, Mike & Tomasi, T.J. Total Golf, New York:  Barnes and Noble, Inc with Carlton Books Limited, 1999.


Bailey, Bill.  Executive Golf, Rocklin, California:  Prima Publishing, 1994.


Golf Digest.  Wilton, CT.  The Golf Digest Companies, a division of Advance Publications, Inc.  Published monthly.


Pepper, George.  Golf Course of the PGA.  New York:  Abrams, 1999.