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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 in 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 in 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.

PDF  Program Guide

Prequisites

See Graduation Requirements.

Credits

 TOTAL CREDITS
72
 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 HORT 1015  Soil Science and Fertility
4
 HORT 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT 1045  Plant Pests II
4
 HORT 1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 HORT 1060  Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF 1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TURF 1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF 1230  Landscape Construction
3
 TURF 1240  Turfgrass Diseases
2
 TURF 1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF 1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF 1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF 1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 TURF 1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 TURF 1300  Irrigation Installation and Design  3
 TURF 1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
 TOTAL    51
 
Technical  Electives

 Select courses totaling three (3) credits from the following:
 HORT 1210 Greenhouse Operations
4
 HORT 1230 Environmental Gardens
3
 HORT 1310  Specialty Horticulture Crops
3
 LNSC 1213  Specialty Landscapes
3
 LNSC 1223  Sustainable  Designs
3
 LNSC 1230  Introduction to Turf and Grounds Management 
3
 LNSC 1240  Plant Production
4
 LNSC 1260  Landscape Design CAD
3
 TURF 1310  Sports Turf Management
3
 TURF 1320  Spanish for the Workplace
3
 TOTAL    3
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

Fifteen (15) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 NSCI 1020  Plant Science
3
 General education/MnTC Electives  12
 TOTAL    15

The twelve (12) remaining general education credits must be taken from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number  Course Title  Credits
 NSCI 1020  Plant Science *
3
 HORT 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT 1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF 1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TOTAL  
12
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT 1015  Soil Science and Fertility
4
 HORT 1045  Plant Pests II
4
 TURF 1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF 1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 TOTAL  
17
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 TURF 1240  Turfgrass Diseases
2
 TURF 1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF 1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF 1300  Irrigation Installation and Design
3
 TURF 1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
 TOTAL  
14
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT 1060  Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF 1230  Landscape Construction
3
 TURF 1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF 1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 Technical Elective
3
 TOTAL  
14

*Only the required  general education course (NSCI1020) is included in this sequence. The additional twelve (12) elective general education/MnTC courses are not included, but are required for the degree. General education/MnTC 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. 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 Requirements

 Course Number Course Title  Credits 
 HORT 1015 Soil Science and Fertility
4
 HORT 1030 Plant Pests I
3
 HORT 1045 Plant Pests II
4
 HORT 1050 Woody Plant Materials I
3
 HORT 1060 Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF 1210 Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TURF 1220 Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF 1230 Landscape Construction
3
 TURF 1240 Turfgrass Diseases
2
 TURF 1250 Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF 1255 Turf Power and Equipment I>
2
 TURF 1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF 1270 Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 TURF 1280 Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 TURF 1300  Irrigation Installation and Design  3
 TURF 1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
 TOTAL    51
 
Technical Electives 
6
 Select courses totaling six (6) credits from the following:
 HORT 1210 Greenhouse Operations
4
 HORT 1230 Environmental Gardens
3
 HORT 1310 Specialty Horticulture Crops
3
 LNSC 1213 Specialty Landscapes
3
 LNSC 1223 Sustainable  Designs
3
 LNSC 1230 Introduction to Turf and Grounds Management 
3
 LNSC 1240 Plant Production
4
 LNSC 1260 Landscape Design CAD
3
 TURF 1310 Sports Turf Management
3
 TURF 1320 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:
 NSCI 1020  Plant Science
3
 General Education/MnTC Electives 7
 TOTAL    10

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

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number Course Title  Credits 
 NSCI 1020  Plant Science *
3
 HORT 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT 1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF 1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TOTAL  
12
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT 1015  Soil Science and Fertility
4
 HORT 1045  Plant Pests II
4
 TURF 1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF 1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 TOTAL  
17
 
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
 TURF 1240  Turfgrass Diseases
2
 TURF 1250  Golf Course Construction and Design
3
 TURF 1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF 1300  Irrigation Installation and Design
3
 TURF 1515  Supervised Occupational Experience
3
 Technical Elective    3
 TOTAL  
17
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT 1060  Woody Plant Materials II
3
 TURF 1230  Landscape Construction
3
 TURF 1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF 1280  Golf Course Planning and Operations
3
 Technical Elective    3
 TOTAL  
14

*Only the required  general education/MnTC course (NSCI1020) is included in this sequence. The additional seven (7) elective general education/MnTC courses are not included, but are required for the degree. General education/MnTC 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 certificate is a 29-credit program that prepares students for entry-level employment in the golf course and grounds management industries.

PDF  Program Guide

Prequisites

See Graduation Requirements.

Credits

  TOTAL CREDITS
 29
 Technical Education Requirements

 Course Number Course Title  Credits 
 HORT 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT 1045  Plant Pests II
4
 HORT 1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
 TURF 1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 TOTAL    16
 
 Technical Electives

 Select courses totaling nine (9) credits from the following:
 HORT 1310  Specialty Horticulture Crops
3
 TURF 1210  Turfgrass and Grounds Management
3
 TURF 1220  Introduction to Turfgrass Species
3
 TURF 1230  Landscape Construction
3
 TURF 1255  Turf Power and Equipment I
2
 TURF 1260  Turf Power and Equipment II
3
 TURF 1310  Sports Turf Management
3
 TURF 1320  Spanish for the Workplace
3
 TOTAL    9
 
 General Education/MnTC Requirements

 Four (4) general education credits of Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) are required. Student is required to take:
 NSCI 1020  Plant Science
3
 General Education/MnTC Elective  1
 TOTAL    4

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

Program Sequence

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester
 Course Number Course Title   Credits
 NSCI 1020  Plant Science
3
 HORT 1030  Plant Pests I
3
 HORT 1050  Woody Plant Materials I
3
Technical Electives 
6
 TOTAL  
15
 
 Spring Semester
 HORT1045  Plant Pests II
4
 TURF1270  Supervised Occupational Experience
6
 Technical Electives 
3
 General Education/MnTC Elective
1
 TOTAL  
14


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. ”