This course describes species and cultivars of turfgrasses and their establishment, maintenance, nutrition and soil requirements. Weed, insect and disease identification and management are also discussed. The course is specifically designed for golf course superintendents and employees wishing to gain an understanding of the golf course environment and improve skills needed to offer superior playing conditions.
Golf course superintendents and employees wishing to gain an understanding of the golf course environment and improve skills needed to offer superior playing conditions.
Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Analyze the various benefits of maintained turfgrasses
- Identify various cool-season turfgrass species using a dichotomous key
- Explain the importance of soils and their role in turfgrass growth and development
- Describe the benefits of sodding and seeding for establishing turfgrass stands
- Analyze proper management practices including mowing, irrigation, cultivation and fertilization
- Discuss the environmental impact of fertilization of turfgrass stands
- Differentiate between abiotic and biotic stressors
- Describe the most commonly occurring insect pests and diseases on turfgrasses
- What is Turf – History, purpose, benefits and quality, and management levels.
- The Turfgrass Plant – Seeds, germination, anatomy, sexual and asexual reproduction and identification.
- Turfgrass Species and Characteristics – Cool- and warm-season turfgrasses, bluegrass, bentgrass, perennial ryegrass, fine leaf fescues and tall fescues.
- Establishment – Soil preparation, seeding and sodding.
- Mowing and cultivation.
- Irrigation – Amount, frequency, timing, irrigation scheduling and water management tools.
- Fertilization - Nitrogen sources, application rates, timing and methods; phosphorus; potassium; micronutrients; biostimulators.
- Soils and the Turfgrass Rootzone - texture, structure, porosity, density, pH, construction of rootzones, thatch.
- Abiotic Stresses – Wear, temperature, ice, desiccation, shade, petroleum spills.
- Pests – Turf diseases, insects and weeds and management; IPM.
- Management of Creeping Bentgrass and Annual Bluegrass Greens
|Case studies (2)||35%|
|Quizzes (3)||15% each|
*Grading Scheme subject to change.
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Maintaining Golf Courses Certificate : Required Courses