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What You Should Already Know

There are no prerequisites for this course. This is a beginning golf class.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successfully completing this course, you should be able to do the following:

  1. Use the rules and etiquette of the game of golf.
  2. Putt and feel comfortable on the green.
  3. Perform and understand the golf swing and know how to fix minor flaws.
  4. Chip, pitch, and know when to use each shot.
  5. Save your score despite being in a bit of trouble on the golf course.
  6. Enjoy the game of golf!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Before beginning any exercise program, consult your doctor. Participants and their legal guardians understand and acknowledge that participation in any exercise program or related activities carries with it inherent dangers which may result in personal injury or even death. Participants and their legal guardians assume complete responsibility to (a) consult with a physician to ensure that there are no health-related reasons for problems which would preclude or restrict participant’s participation in a particular exercise program or related activities and (b) procure adequate health insurance necessary to provide for and pay any medical costs that may directly or indirectly result from such participation. Accordingly, participants and their legal guardians assume all responsibility and risk associated with any participation in any exercise program or related activities.

Course Materials


The course content is the only text required for this course, but I strongly recommend a copy of The Rules of Golf, the United States Golf Association’s official rule book.

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Course Organization

The units in this course are designed to teach you several necessary golf skills without an instructor or a huge tell-all book. The material is presented in an order that will help you learn the rules, etiquette, and skills of golf quickly and thoroughly.

Each unit requires that you take a quiz at the end of it. Some units also require skills assessments. You will also take a written final exam after you’ve completed the entire course. Additionally, you will be required to turn in a portfolio, which is a graded summary of your results on skills tests and proof that you’ve applied your newly acquired knowledge while playing rounds of golf.


Self Checks

The self check questions in this section of the Units are not graded. They are merely to gauge your understanding of the unit before you take the unit quiz to conclude each chapter. If you understand all of the questions and concepts from this section, you are probably well prepared for your quizzes.


There are five quizzes that amount to 25 percent of your grade. Question types may include multiple choice, matching, fill in the blank, short answer, or multiple answer questions.

Portfolio Assignment

Your portfolio consists of two parts: the three included Skills Assessment Results Sheets and your official scorecards with your signature and date you played from as many as five nine-hole rounds of golf. The Scorecard Section and Skills Assessment Section of your portfolio grade are weighted equally.

Remember: Do not submit any assignment until you have completed all of the assignments for the portfolio!

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The final exam is comprehensive and covers all material in the course. Questions on the exam will be similar to questions from the self check and unit quizzes.

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Your grade for this course is determined by how well you do on the eight graded assignments and the final exam. It is based on the following grade scale.

Grading Percentages

The approximate weight of each of the assignments for this class will be as follows:

Assignment Weight
Quizzes 25% (5% each)
Portfolio 25%
Final Exam 50%
Grading Scale
A 100–94%
A− 93–90%
B+ 89–87%
B 86–84%
B− 83–80%
C+ 79–77%
C 76–74%
C− 73–70%
D+ 69–67%
D 66–64%
D− 63–60%
E (fail) 59% or below

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Copyright Notice

The materials used in connection with this online course are only for the use of students enrolled in this course for purposes associated with this course and may not be retained or further disseminated. Any copying or further dissemination of these materials may be subject to applicable U.S. Copyright Laws. For questions or more information, please visit the BYU Copyright Licensing Office website.

“Members of the BYU community who willfully disregard this Copyright Policy or the BYU Copyright Guidelines place themselves individually at risk of legal action and may incur personal liability for their conduct. The unauthorized use or distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject individuals to civil and criminal liabilities, including actual and statutory damages, costs and fees of litigation, fines, and imprisonment

Violations of the Copyright Policy may result in university disciplinary action including termination of university enrollment or employment.” (Emphasis added. Excerpt taken from the BYU Copyright Policy)

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Accessibility Notice

BYU is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere which reasonably accommodates persons with disabilities who are otherwise qualified to participate in BYU's programs and activities. In this spirit, BYU Independent Study aspires to improve web accessibility for users. While not required by law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Levels A and AA provide a wide range of helpful recommendations to make Web content more accessible. BYU Independent Study strives to apply WCAG 2.0 recommendations where feasible, but may deviate from any recommendations that would result in an undue hardship to BYU Independent Study or alterations to program and course content and objectives. If you have questions about accessibility, or if you need to report problems with any accessibility features please see our Accessibilities and Accommodations Web Page.

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Course Policies

These policies are specific to this course. For additional information about general policies, please refer to Independent Study Course Policies page.


Summary: 5 quizzes and 1 instructor-graded assignment, may be resubmitted once for a fee

With your portfolio assignments, you must play a few rounds of golf (see the assignment for more details). You may only get credit for one par-three or short course round for this course.

Final Exam

Summary: 1 proctored, computer-graded exam, may retake once for a fee, must pass to earn credit for the course

You must pass the final exam with a score of sixty percent or higher in order to pass this course. If you fail the final exam, you may retake the exam once for a fee. If you need to retake an exam, contact the Independent Study office. 

Course Duration

You have 1 year to complete this course. You may purchase one 3-month extension if you need more than a year to complete this course. Because of the nature of some assignments, you will not be able to complete this course in less than 2 months.

University Policy - Title IX Statement

Preventing & Responding to Sexual Misconduct

In accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Brigham Young University prohibits unlawful sex discrimination against any participant in its education programs or activities. The university also prohibits sexual harassment—including sexual violence—committed by or against students, university employees, and visitors to campus. As outlined in university policy, sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking are considered forms of "Sexual Misconduct" prohibited by the university.

University policy requires all university employees in a teaching, managerial, or supervisory role to report all incidents of Sexual Misconduct that come to their attention in any way, including but not limited to face-to-face conversations, a written class assignment or paper, class discussion, email, text, or social media post. Incidents of Sexual Misconduct should be reported to the Title IX Coordinator at or (801) 422-8692. Reports may also be submitted through EthicsPoint at or 1-888-238-1062 (24-hours a day).

BYU offers confidential resources for those affected by Sexual Misconduct, including the university’s Victim Advocate, as well as a number of non-confidential resources and services that may be helpful. Additional information about Title IX, the university’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, reporting requirements, and resources can be found at or by contacting the university’s Title IX Coordinator.