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Turf & Golf Course Management

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Minnesota is home to over 400 golf courses. If you dream of making a career out of your passion for the sport and outdoors, Anoka Technical College's Turf and Golf Course Management program might be for you. The Turf and Golf Course Management degree program helps students develop the technical skills needed to maintain turfgrass environments and the management and organizational skills necessary to help successfully manage golf course events and employees.

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Program offered completely online

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Faculty experts with industry experience

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Make the outdoors your office

Potential Jobs:

  • Landscaping, Lawn Service and Groundskeeping Supervisor

  • Golf Course Superintendent

  • Grounds Manager

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $28.73
Top Earners: $39.74

Information provided is for Landscaping and Groundskeeping Supervisors in Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

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The Anoka Technical College Turf and Golf Course Management Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a 60-credit program that is completely online. This online 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, which include but not limited to turf grass, golf course design and construction, grounds equipment and operation, pest control, grounds management and client communication.

  1. Collaborate effectively with others in situations requiring team-work, 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.

This career involves supervising and directing all operations at the golf course. This includes but is not limited to coordinating sched-ules of tournaments, lessons, golf teams and regular tee-off times. In the golf course profession, one must have solid financial skills, have strong record-keeping and marketing skills to promote events held at the golf course.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

MnTC General Education Requirements

This program requires completion of the following fifteen credits of general education from at least three goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC). Refer to the MnTC course list for elective courses.

Course Number Course Name Credits
MnTC Electives   15

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 18
TURF 1031 Plant Pests 4
TURF 1051 Trees and Shrubs 4
TURF 1211 Turfgrass and Grounds Management 4
TURF 1220 Intro to Turfgrass 3
MnTC Elective   3
Spring Semester 16
TURF 1015 Soil Science and Fertility 4
TURF 1230 Landscape Construction 3
TURF 1262 Turf Power and Equipment 3
TURF 1300 Irrigation Installation and Design 3
MnTC Elective 3
Summer Semester 10
TURF 1270 Supervised Occupational Experience 6
MnTC Elective 4
Fall Semester 16
TURF 1241 Turfgrass Diseases 3
TURF 1250 Golf Course Construction and Design 3
TURF 1280 Golf Course Planning and Operations 3
TURF 1311 Sports Turf Management 2
MnTC Elective 5

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Get started or advance your career in turfgrass management with Anoka Technical College's Turf and Golf Course Technician diploma program.

The Turf and Golf Course Technician program prepares students to work in several different areas including, but not limited to athletic fields, golf courses and parks.

Onlinelearning Blk

Program offered completely online

Training Blk

Faculty experts with industry experience

Outdoorsoffice Blk

Make the outdoors your office

Potential Jobs:

  • Landscape and Groundskeeping Worker
  • Golf Course Worker
  • Lawn Service Worker

Salary Information:
Median Wage: $28.73
Top Earners: $39.74

Information provided is for supervisor-level employment in Minnesota. See current data at careerwise.minnstate.edu.

Program Details

Program Details (pdf)

Anoka Technical College Turf and Golf Course Technician diploma is a 45-credit program that is completely online. This online program helps individuals understand the importance of caring for natural and artificial turfs by mowing, watering, fertilizing, and aerating the turf regularly. The Turf and Golf Course Technician program prepares students to work in several different areas including, but not limited to athletic fields, golf courses and parks.

  1. Collaborate effectively with others in situations requiring team-work, 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.

The Turf and Golf Course profession works to achieve a pleasant and functional outdoor environment for many places, such as golf courses or athletic fields. Some of these jobs are seasonal and are mainly available in spring, summer and fall. This work can be repetitive and physically demanding, requiring frequent bending, kneeling, lifting and shoveling.

Wage information is available from the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development.

Some courses in this program may require a prerequisite. Please see course descriptions for more details.

Program Sequence

Fall Semester 15
TURF 1031 Plant Pests 4
TURF 1051 Trees and Shrubs 4
TURF 1211 Turfgrass and Grounds Management 4
TURF 1220 Intro to Turfgrass Species 3
Spring Semester 13
TURF 1015 Soil Science and Fertility 4
TURF 1230 Landscape Construction 3
TURF 1262 Turf Power and Equipment 3
TURF 1300 Irrigation Installation and Design 3
Summer Semester 6
TURF 1270 Supervised Occupational Experience 6
Fall Semester 11
TURF 1241 Turfgrass Diseases 3
TURF 1250 Golf Course Construction and Design 3
TURF 1280 Golf Course Planning and Operations 3
TURF 1311 Sports Turf Management 2

Students must earn a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible for graduation from this program.

Start Dates:

Fall semester: September
Spring semester: January**

**Students who start in the spring will need more time to complete this program. Limited first semester technical courses are offered in the spring semester.

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