Golf Course Grounds Management

Golf Course Management

Anoka Technical College offers three Golf Course Management program options: an associate in applied science (AAS) degree, a diploma and a Grounds Maintenance Technician certificate.

The Golf Course Management program includes course work 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.

All the programs prepare students for employment in the golf course and grounds management industries as golf course superintendents/assistant superintendents, grounds supervisors/assistant supervisors and turf technicians.

Program HIghlights

  • 100% placement rate

The Anoka Technical College associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Golf Course Grounds Management is a 72-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.

PDF  Program Guide

Prequisites

See Graduation Requirements.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
72
 Technical Education
51
 HORT1015  Soil Science and Fertility
4
 HORT1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT1045  Plant Pests II
4
 HORT1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 HORT1060  Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TURF1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF1230  Landscape Construction
3
 TURF1240  Turfgrass Diseases
3
 TURF1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 TURF1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 TURF1300  Irrigation Installation and Design  3
 TURF1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
 
 Electives
3
 Select courses totaling three (3) credits from the following:
 HORT1210 Greenhouse Operations
4
 HORT1230 Environmental Gardens
3
 HORT1310  Specialty Horticulture Crops
3
 LNSC1213  Specialty Landscapes
3
 LNSC1223  Sustainable  Designs
3
 LNSC1230  Introduction to Turf and Grounds Management 
3
 LNSC1240  Plant Production
4
 LNSC1260  Landscape Design CAD
3
 TURF1310  Sports Turf Management
3
 TURF1320  Spanish for the Workplace
3
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
18
Eighteen (18) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 NSCI1020  Plant Science
3

The fifteen (15) remaining general education credits must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 NSCI1020  Plant Science
3
 HORT1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
     
 TOTAL  
12*
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT1015  Soil Science and Fertility
4
 HORT1045  Plant Pests II
4
 TURF1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
     
 TOTAL  
17*
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 TURF1240  Turfgrass Diseases
3
 TURF1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF1300  Irrigation Installation and Design
3
 TURF1310  Sports Turf Management
3
 TURF1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
     
 TOTAL  
17*
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT1060  Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF1230  Landscape Construction
3
 TURF1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 TURF1320  Spanish for the Workplace
3
     
 TOTAL  
14*

*Only the required  general education course (NSCI1020) is included in this sequence. The additional 15 elective general education courses are not included, but are required for the degree. General education courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

    To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

    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 degree in Golf Facilities and Turf Systems Management
    • This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

    Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

    For more information please visit our Transfer page.

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

Anoka Technical College Horticulture instructors bring more than 40 years of experience in the horticultural industry into the classroom.

The diverse backgrounds of each instructor - ranging from golf course management, small business operation, dairy and cattle farming, wholesale and retail nursery operation, fruit and vegetable production, and many years of teaching - enrich the Horticulture Department and contribute to providing students with a well-rounded horticulture education.

The Anoka Technical College Golf Course Grounds Management diploma is a 67-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.

PDF  Program Guide

Prequisites

See Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
67
 Technical Education
57
 HORT1015 Soil Science and Fertility
4
 HORT1030 Plant Pests I
3
 HORT1045 Plant Pests II
4
 HORT1050 Woody Plant Materials I
3
 HORT1060 Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF1210 Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TURF1220 Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF1230 Landscape Construction
3
 TURF1240 Turfgrass Diseases
3
 TURF1250 Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF1255 Turf Power and Equipment I>
2
 TURF1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF1270 Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 TURF1280 Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 TURF1300  Irrigation Installation and Design  3
 TURF1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
 
 Electives
6
 Select courses totaling six (6) credits from the following:
 HORT1210 Greenhouse Operations
4
 HORT1230 Environmental Gardens
3
 HORT1310 Specialty Horticulture Crops
3
 LNSC1213 Specialty Landscapes
3
 LNSC1223 Sustainable  Designs
3
 LNSC1230 Introduction to Turf and Grounds Management 
3
 LNSC1240 Plant Production
4
 LNSC1260 Landscape Design CAD
3
 TURF1310 Sports Turf Management
3
 TURF1320 Spanish for the Workplace
3
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
10
Ten (10) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 NSCI1020  Plant Science
3

The seven (7) remaining general education credits must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 NSCI1020  Plant Science
3
 HORT1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
     
 TOTAL  
12*
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT1015  Soil Science and Fertility
4
 HORT1045  Plant Pests II
4
 TURF1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
     
 TOTAL  
17*
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 TURF1240  Turfgrass Diseases
3
 TURF1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF1300  
3
 TURF1310  Sports Turf Management
3
 TURF1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
     
 TOTAL  
17*
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT1060  Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF1230  Landscape Construction
3
 TURF1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 TURF1320  Spanish for the Workplace
3
     
 TOTAL  
14*

*Only the required  general education course (NSCI1020) is included in this sequence. The additional 15 elective general education courses are not included, but are required for the degree. General education courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

The Anoka Technical College Golf Course Grounds diploma programs transfer directly into the associate in applied science (AAS) degree.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

The Golf Course Grounds Management program has articulated partnerships with two, four-year institutions, to learn more about these programs:

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

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

Anoka Technical College Horticulture instructors bring more than 40 years of experience in the horticultural industry into the classroom.

The diverse backgrounds of each instructor - ranging from golf course management, small business operation, dairy and cattle farming, wholesale and retail nursery operation, fruit and vegetable production, and many years of teaching - enrich the Horticulture Department and contribute to providing students with a well-rounded horticulture education.

The Anoka Technical College Golf Course Technician certificateis a 29-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.

PDF  Program Guide

Prequisites

See Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 29
 Technical Education
16
 HORT1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT1045  Plant Pests II
4
 HORT1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 
 Electives
9
 Select courses totaling nine (9) credits from the following:
 HORT1310  Specialty Horticulture Crops
3
 TURF1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TURF1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF1230  Landscape Construction
3
 TURF1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF1310
3
 TURF1320  Spanish for the Workplace
3
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements
4
 Four (4) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 NSCI1020  Plant Science
3

The (1) remaining general education credit must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 NSCI1020  Plant Science
3
 HORT1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
Electives  (two, 3-credit elective courses)
6
     
 TOTAL  
15
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT1045  Plant Pests II
4
 TURF1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 Electives  (one, 3-credit elective courses)
3
 General Education, MnTC
1
     
 TOTAL  
14*

*Only the required  general education course (NSCI1020) is included in this sequence. The additional 15 elective general education courses are not included, but are required for the degree. General education courses may be taken any semester and in any order.

Graduation Requirements

All Anoka Technical College students must demonstrate basic competency in Math, English, and Reading. Competency may be demonstrated through achieving minimum cut scores in new student assessments (Accuplacer); through other assessment exemptions; or through successful completion of Basic Math, Basic English, and Reading courses, earning a “C” or higher before receiving a diploma or an associate in applied science degree.

Also see graduation standards in Anoka Technical College Student Handbook.

NOTE: Program plans are subject to change. Please contact your program advisor for the most current program information.

Transfer Opportunities

The Anoka Technical College Golf Course Grounds Technician certificate program transfers directly into the diploma and associate in applied science (AAS) degree programs.

To see how this program transfers to other programs, review the Anoka Tech articulation agreements at Minnesota Transfer. Articulation agreements are transfer agreements with specific programs and partnering schools. These agreements detail how specific courses transfer to a specific program at the partnering school. For a complete list of Anoka Tech’s articulation agreements listed by program please see this Minnesota Transfer link.

This program may also include Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses. MnTC courses transfer to meet MnTC general education courses throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system. MnTC courses from Anoka Technical College transfer to any MnSCU institution to meet the same goal areas that are met at Anoka Tech.

Students are encouraged to contact the Office of Records and Registration at all transfer schools for details about the institution’s transfer process and policies.

For more information please visit our Transfer page.

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

Anoka Technical College Horticulture instructors bring more than 40 years of experience in the horticultural industry into the classroom.

The diverse backgrounds of each instructor - ranging from golf course management, small business operation, dairy and cattle farming, wholesale and retail nursery operation, fruit and vegetable production, and many years of teaching - enrich the Horticulture Department and contribute to providing students with a well-rounded horticulture education.

Awards

AAS Degree
Diploma
Certificate

Start Dates

Fall: August
Spring: January

Contact

Amy Moberg
763-576-4004

“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. ”