Golf Course Superintendent

A golf course superintendent manages and directs the maintenance, management and operation of golf courses. They conduct routine inspection of equipment and vehicles to ensure productivity and safety of the facility. Additionally, golf course superintendents oversee the current and future applications to maintain quality turf and adjust as concerns arise.

What Responsibilities Will I Have?

  • Grow, maintain and manicure multiple varieties of turf grass
  • Conduct routine inspection of equipment and vehicles to ensure safety and efficiency
  • Work closely with maintenance superintendents in executing horticultural schedules
  • Oversee treatment and ensure continued quality of turf and ornamentals (plants grown for decorative purposes)
  • Manage and document chemical, pesticide and fertilizer use
  • Implement the agronomic plan (a treatment schedule designed for the landscape as a preventative measure to guard against disease, pests and nutritional deficiency) for the golf course
  • Oversee staff and laborers, including full-time and seasonal employees
  • Report to golf course management regularly and relay concerns or adjustments as necessary

Recommended High School Courses:

  • agricultural education
  • business
  • biology
  • plant science
  • chemistry
  • mathematics

Education/Training Required:

Some courses may offer this role to someone with an associate degree, but most require a bachelor’s degree in agronomy, horticulture, turf grass management or a related field.

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