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Top 10 Division 1 Golf Universities

In 2014, there were 319 American universities with NCAA Division 1 golf. This breaks down into 300 D1 men’s teams for a total of about 3,000 male golfers, and 263 D1 women’s teams with a total of about 2,250 female golfers.

 

Feeling overwhelmed by the thought of narrowing down all of these golf universities? We’ve done the leg work for you. These 10 universities all have spectacular Division 1 golf programs, consistently rank well, have turned out notable pro golfers, and also offer golf scholarships to gifted student athletes.

 

 

Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State can boast more NCAA titles than any other university in the last 25 years, and have the impressive Karsten Creek course for their student golfers to play and practice on.   The University has produced the famed golfers Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, Bo Van Pelt, and Scott Verplank. Another reason to choose Oklahoma State is that they offer a higher percentage of their undergraduates financial assistance. If you are a good student, you could get an academic scholarship on top of your golf scholarship, adding up to a full ride.

  • Roster size men: 11
  • Roster size women: 5
  • Average scholarships men: $11,203
  • Average scholarship women: $12,283
  • Out of state tuition: $22,252

 

Stanford University

Dream of studying and playing golf in sunny California? Stanford University is a great choice. The University has had a golf team since the 1930s and has won 8 national championships and its players have won 24 professional major championships. Notable alumni include Tom Watson, Notah Begay and Tiger Woods, as well as 3 USGA Presidents.

  • Roster size men: 10
  • Roster size women: 8
  • Average scholarships men: $24,078
  • Average scholarship women: $25,040
  • Out of state tuition: $43,683

 

Duke University

Duke University is located in Durham, North Carolina, famous for its warm, sunny weather and relaxed lifestyle. The golf program at Duke is anything but relaxed: they have produced talented golfers like Laetitia Beck, Jenny Chuasiriporn, Brittany Lang, Art Wall, Jr., Mike Souchak, Skip Alexander, Joe Ogilvie, and Kevin Streelman. The Duke University Golf Club is consistently ranked as one of the best golf courses in the southeast USA, and was recently renovated. Be warned that Duke is a competitive school: only 13% of applicants are accepted, and the bottom 25% of students have SAT math scores of 690. 75% of students have math SAT scores of 790.

  • Roster size men: 9
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $24,702
  • Average scholarship women: $23,135
  • Out of state tuition: $45,376

 

Florida State University

It isn’t surprising that sunny Florida, which is famous for its golf courses, produces a lot of pro golfers. Many of them get their start at Florida State University.   The Seminoles men’s team has won 28 NCAA tournaments and 22 national championships, and the Seminoles women’s team has made 8 AIWA tournament appearances, 22 NCAA tournament appearances, and 8 national championship appearances.   FSU is also one of the few universities in America which offers a major in Professional Golf Management.

  • Roster size men: 9
  • Roster size women: 8
  • Average scholarships men: $19,152
  • Average scholarship women: $16,866
  • Out of state tuition: $21,673

 

UCLA

UCLA is considered one of the best universities in the United States. The University also can boast a great golf program with alumni including Corey Pavin, Patrick Cantlay, Duffy Waldorf, and Kevin Chappell. Just be warned that UCLA does have a relatively high tuition fee for international students, and the cost of housing and living will also be higher. The admission standards are also higher (only about 22% of applicants are admitted) so you should have SAT scores of at least 600 for Math.

  • Roster size men: 14
  • Roster size women: 7
  • Average scholarships men: $17,126
  • Average scholarship women: $10,733
  • Out of state tuition: $35,575

 

University of Texas at Austin

Don’t mess with Texas’s…golfers! That’s right, the Texas Longhorns are golfers to be reckoned with. They won their first national title in 1971 and have since produced many talented golfers, including Jordan Spieth, Ben Crenshaw, Justin Leonard, Tom Kite, and Mark Brooks. The warm, sunny weather of Texas means that you can golf year round.   Note that the University of Texas has campuses at Austin and at Arlington. Both campuses have men’s golf, but only Austin has women’s golf.

  • Roster size Men: 11
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $17,736
  • Average scholarship women: $14,669
  • Out of state tuition: $33,842

 

Arizona State University

Arizona State University has won 10 Men’s conference titles and 8 women’s. Thanks to donations from alumni Phil Mickelson, they can also boast some of the best golf facilities of any university in the United States and offer generous golf scholarships. It is common for student golf athletes to get full ride scholarships here. Other notable alumni include Anna Nordqvist, Billy Mayfair, and Grace Park.

  • Roster size Men: 10
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $24,048
  • Average scholarship women: $23,980
  • Out of state tuition : $23,654

 

University of South Carolina

The South Carolina Gamecocks are currently ranked 5th in the United States and have won or shared 12 tournament titles, made 6 NCAA regional and 3 NCAA championship appearances. Their Cobblestone Park with a par 71 and 6,788 yards is one of the best in the region.

  • Roster size Men: 10
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $13,536
  • Average scholarship women: $11,064
  • Out of state tuition: $28,528

 

University of Georgia

Georgian University has an impressive alumni list including Green-Jacket winner Bubba Watson, Liz Murphy, Chip Beck, Brian Harman, Chris Kirk, and Ryuji Imada, and they have won more than 25 SEC Championships. If you are an international student golfer, you will also enjoy the sunny weather of Georgia – which sure beats playing in the dreary, rainy UK!

  • Roster size men: 12
  • Roster size women: 9
  • Average scholarships men: $17,876
  • Average scholarship women: $16,081
  • Out of state tuition: $28,472

 

University of Houston

The University of Texas in Austin isn’t your thing? Maybe you’d prefer to play golf in Houston instead?   One of the perks of playing golf at Houston, aside from the great facilities, is that the university has a lower tuition rate than most other big-name American universities, and offers high scholarship amounts. Their admission standards are fairly high, so get your grades in order! Houston was at its peak in the 1960s, but still continues to produce great golfers and can boast 16 national titles. Notable alumni include Fred Couples and Steve Elkington.

  • Roster size men: 15
  • Roster size women: 14
  • Average scholarships men: $11,993
  • Average scholarship women: $14,887
  • Out of state tuition: $16,897

 

 

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