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Turf and Golf Course Management

Golf Course Management

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Program Information

Anoka Technical College offers three programs options: Turf and Golf Course Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, Turf Management diploma,  and Irrigation & Ground Management certificate.

Our students study:
  • Plant and soil science
  • Turfgrass science and management
  • Water management
  • Golf course grounds site construction
  • Turf power equipment 
  • Golf course grounds site maintenance
They develop skills for employment in these areas:
  • Golf Course Superintendents
  • Golf Course Assistant Superintendents
  • Grounds Supervisors
  • Assistant Grounds Supervisors 
  • Turf Technicians

Turf and Golf Course Management is a 69-credit Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. This program prepares students to be employed in turf, golf course, sports fields, and grounds management industries. The courses are designed to help individuals manage the operations of turf and golf courses. Areas of focus include turf grass, golf course design and construction, grounds equipment and operation, pest control, grounds management, and client communication.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a "C" or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Collaborate effectively with others in situations requiring teamwork, leadership, and negotiations.
  2. Integrate sustainable golf course grounds management cultural practices with conventional cultural practices.
  3. Apply technical and theoretical skills and knowledge to golf course situations.
  4. Anticipate biological issues within field-related situations and conditions.
  5. Research, organize, and interpret information from various technical sources.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester
16
 TURF 1050
 Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF 1211
 Turfgrass and Grounds Management
4
 TURF 1230  Landscape Construction for Golf Course
3
 TURF 1300  Irrigation Installation and Design
3
 TURF 1310
 Sports Turf Management 3
 Spring Semester 18
 NSCI 1020
 Plant Science 3
 TURF 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 TURF 1060
 Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF 1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF 1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 Fall Semester 14
 TURF 1015  Soil Science and Fertility
4
 TURF 1045  Plant Pest II
4
 TURF 1241  Turfgrass Diseases
3
 TURF 1515  Supervised Occupational Experience II
3
 Spring Semester  9
 TURF 1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF 1262  Turf Power and Equipment
3
 TURF 1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3

Twelve (12) credits of general education credits from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. MnTC credits must be from three different goal areas and can be completed separate from or together with the technical credit requirements. Note: MnTC credits are not all listed in your program sequence plan.  Please see your faculty advisor or enrollment services for help in planning when to complete your MnTC credits.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Part-Time Options

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Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

The Golf Course Grounds Management program has articulated partnerships with two, four-year institutions, to learn more about these programs:
  • University of Minnesota-Crookston campus for a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Golf Facilities and Turf Systems Management
  • Suny Cobleskill in New York for a Bachelor of Technology degree in Golf Turf Management

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

With a degree in Turf and Golf Course Management, graduates are employed in the turf and golf course industries as golf course superintendents/assistant superintendents, grounds supervisors/assistant supervisors and turf technicians. This job involves supervising and directing all operations at the golf course. This includes coordinating schedules of tournaments, lessons, golf teams and regular tee-off times. Professionals who manage numerous aspects of a golf course must be financially savvy and have strong record-keeping skills. They use marketing skills to promote specific programs and events held at the golf course.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Marlin Murphy
MMurphy@anokatech.edu

Travis Gienger
TGienger@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Turf Management is a 57-credit diploma program at Anoka Technical College. This program helps individuals understand the importance of caring for natural and artificial turfs by mowing, watering, fertilizing, and aerating the turf regularly.  The Turf Management program prepares students to work in a number of different areas including, but not limited to athletic fields, golf courses, and parks.

Course Prerequisites

Some courses may require an Accuplacer/ACT score or completion of basic math, basic English and/or reading courses with a "C" or better.

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Collaborate effectively with others in situations requiring teamwork, leadership, and negotiations.
  2. Integrate sustainable golf course grounds management cultural practices with conventional cultural practices.
  3. Apply technical and theoretical skills and knowledge to golf course situations.
  4. Anticipate biological issues within field-related situations and conditions.
  5. Research, organize, and interpret information from various technical sources.

Program Sequence

 Fall Semester 16
 TURF 1050
 Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF 1211  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
4
 TRUF 1230  Landscape Construction for Golf Course
3
 TURF 1300  Irrigation Installation and Design
3
 TURF 1310
 Sports Turf Managment
3
 Spring Semester 18
 NSCI 1020
 Plant Science
3
 TURF 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 TURF 1060  Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF 1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF 1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 Fall Semester 14
 TURF 1015  Soil Science and Fertility
4
 TURF 1045
 Plant Pest II
4
 TURF 1241  Turfgrass Diseases
3
 TURF 1515  Supervised Occupational Experience II
3
 Spring Semester 9
 TURF 1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF 1262  Turf Power and Equipment
3
 TURF 1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

The Golf Course Grounds Management program has articulated partnerships with two, four-year institutions, to learn more about these programs:
  • University of Minnesota-Crookston campus for a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Golf Facilities and Turf Systems Management
  • Suny Cobleskill in New York for a Bachelor of Technology degree in Golf Turf Management

To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

The Golf Course Grounds Management program develops skills in turfgrass care, crew supervision and management, fertilizer and pesticide application,

Program graduates may find employment in a variety of settings, including golf courses, athletic facilities and industrial grounds maintenance.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Marlin Murphy
MMurphy@anokatech.edu

Travis Gienger
TGienger@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Irrigation & Grounds Management is a 16-credit certificate at Anoka Technical College. This certificate will help an individual learn the importance of maintaining the grounds of a golf course, parks, and recreation facilities. Students will also learn about frequency of irrigation for the different types of grass, soil properties, and the climate conditions, while also learning about installation and repair of irrigation systems.

Course Prerequisites

None

Program Learning Outcomes

By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning outcomes.  

  1. Become familiar with irrigation parts for both lawn and large turf operations
  2. Construct an irrigation plan for a home lawn and a golf course
  3. Learn about proper nutrients for a wide variety of turf species
  4. Maintain high-quality turf through proper cultural practices
  5. Demonstrate proper fertilization and pesticide application for high-quality turf
  6. Develop a proper integrated pest management (IPM) program to ensure the protection of the environment and wildlife
  7. Manage staff and clients

Program Sequence

 First Semester  16
 TURF 1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF 1211
 Turfgrass and Grounds Management
4
 TURF 1230  Landscape Construction for Golf Course
3
 TURF 1300

 Irrigation Installation & Design

3
 TURF 1310  Sports Turf Management
3
                                                                                                               

Part-Time Options

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Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students seeking an Associate in Applied Science (AAS), diploma, or certificate must meet the cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher.

Transfer Opportunities

The Golf Course Grounds Management program has articulated partnerships with two four year institutions:
  • The University of Minnesota-Crookston campus for a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Golf Facilities and Turf Systems Management 
  • Suny Cobleskill in New York for a Bachelor of Technology degree in Golf Turf Management
To see how this may transfer into other Anoka Technical College program or into another college, please visit:

Industry Information

The Golf Course Grounds Management program develops skills in turfgrass care, crew supervision and management, fertilizer and pesticide application,

Program graduates may find employment in a variety of settings, including golf courses, athletic facilities and industrial grounds maintenance.

Wages/Outlook/Advancement

Faculty

Marlin Murphy
MMurphy@anokatech.edu

Travis Gienger
TGienger@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710

Awards

AAS Degree
Diploma
Certificate

Start Dates

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Marlin Murphy
MMurphy@anokatech.edu

Travis Gienger
TGienger@anokatech.edu

Enrollment Services
EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu
763-576-7710