Golf Course Grounds Management

Golf Course Management

Over 10 Years of 100% employment placement for our graduates!

Anoka Technical College offers three Golf Course Management program options: an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree, a diploma and a Grounds Maintenance Technician 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

The Anoka Technical College Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Golf Course Grounds Management is a 69-credit program that prepares students for employment in the golf course and grounds management industries as golf course superintendents/assistant superintendents, grounds supervisors/assistant supervisors and turf technicians.

The program includes coursework in plant and soil science, turfgrass science and management, water management, golf course grounds site construction, turf power equipment and golf course grounds site maintenance.

Complementary coursework is offered in communications, computer applications and customer service. Golf Course Grounds Management program graduates manage the landscape and turf environment for golf courses, parks, commercial and residential sites, athletic complexes, and municipalities.

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

 FIRST YEAR
 
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 NSCI 1020  Plant Science *
3
 TURF 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 TRUF 1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF 1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TOTAL  
12
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT 1045  Plant Pests II
4
 TURF 1015
Soil Science and Fertility
4
 TURF 1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF 1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 TOTAL  
17
 
 SECOND YEAR
 
 Fall Semester
 TURF 1241  Turfgrass Diseases
3
 TURF 1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF 1261  Turf Power and Equipment II
2
 TURF 1300  Irrigation Installation and Design
3
 TURF 1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
 TOTAL  
14
 
 Spring Semester
 TURF 1060  Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF 1230  Landscape Construction for Golf Course
3
 TURF 1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF 1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 TURF 1310
 Sports Turf management
3
 TOTAL  
14

*Only the required general education course (NSCI1020) is included in this sequence. The additional twelve (12) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. MnTC credits must be from three different goal areas. General education/MnTC courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

                                                                                                                                                                         

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
763-576-4168

Amy Moberg
763-576-4004

For service during summer hours, contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Golf Course Grounds Management diploma is a 57-credit program that prepares students for employment in the golf course and grounds management industries as golf course superintendents/assistant superintendents, grounds supervisors/assistant supervisors and turf technicians. 

The program includes coursework in plant and soil science, turfgrass science and management, water management, golf course grounds site construction, turf power equipment and golf course grounds site maintenance.

Complementary coursework is offered in communications,computer applications and customer service. Golf Course Grounds Management program graduates manage the landscape and turf environment for golf courses, parks, commercial and residential sites, athletic complexes, and municipalities.

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

 FIRST YEAR
 
 Fall Semester
 Course Number Course Title  Credits 
 NSCI 1020  Plant Science
3
 TURF 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 TRUF 1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF 1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TOTAL  
12
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT 1045  Plant Pests II
4
 TURF 1015  Soil Science and Fertility
4
 TURF 1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF 1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 TOTAL  
17
 
 SECOND YEAR
 
 Fall Semester
 TURF 1241  Turfgrass Diseases
3
 TURF 1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF 1261  Turf Power and Equipment II
2
 TURF 1300  Irrigation Installation and Design
3
 TURF 1310
 Sports Turf Management
3
 TURF 1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
 TOTAL  
17
 
 Spring Semester
 TURF 1060  Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF 1230  Landscape Construction for Golf Course
3
 TURF 1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF 1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 TOTAL  
11
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

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

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Marlin Murphy
763-576-4168

Amy Moberg
763-576-4004

For service during summer hours contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

The Anoka Technical College Golf Course Grounds Technician certificate is a 28-credit program that prepares individuals for employment in the golf course and grounds management industries as golf course superintendents/assistant superintendents, grounds supervisors/assistant supervisors, and turf technicians. These individuals manage the landscape and turf environment for golf courses, parks, commercial and residential sites, athletic complexes, and municipalities. This program includes coursework in plant and soil science, turfgrass science and management, water management, golf course grounds site construction, turf power equipment and golf course grounds site maintenance.

Course Prerequisites

None

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 knowledge and skills to golf course situations.
  4. Anticipate biological issues within field-related situations and conditions

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 
 Fall Semester
 Course Number Course Title   Credits
 TURF 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 TURF 1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF 1210
 Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
Technical Electives - Please see list below.
3
 TOTAL  
12
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT1045  Plant Pests II
4
 TURF 1220
 Introduction in Turfgrass Species
 3
 TURF1270  Supervised Occupational Experience I
6
 Technical Electives -Please see list below.
3
 TOTAL  
16

 Technical Electives
 HORT 1060
Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF 1241
 Turf Diseases
3
 TURF 1230
Landscape Construction for Golf Course
3
 TURF 1250
 Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF 1280
 Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 TURF 1515
 Supervised Occupational Experience II
3
 
                                                                                                               

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

Gainful Employment Report

Faculty

Marlin Murphy
763-576-4168

Amy Moberg
763-576-4004

For service during summer hours, contact Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

Awards

AAS Degree
Diploma
Certificate

Start Dates

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Amy Moberg
763-576-4004

Enrollment Services
763-576-7710

“Anoka Technical College provides an excellent environment in which anyone interested in horticulture, turf management, landscape or golf course work can excel. I evaluated a number of schools before choosing Anoka Tech for my degree. As a mother with a young family returning to college, Anoka Tech met all my requirements and expectations, and also provided the flexibility and support that I needed in order to achieve my goal. ”