This intensive month-long professional development program is designed to teach turf industry personnel about all aspects of turf culture and management. Topics include: Turfgrass Identification; Turf Management; Insects; Diseases; Integrated Pest Management; Weed Identification; Weed Control; Golf Course Management; Landscape Plants; Meteorology; Soils; Water Management; Budgeting.
The Turf Managers' Course has built a reputation as the most successful and highly-valued turf managers' short course in Canada.
Turf Industry professionals
At the end of the Turf Managers’ Short Course, the successful student will be able to:
- Identify and understand the physical, chemical and hydrologic characteristics of soils, know how they affect turf health and apply this knowledge to develop sustainable turfgrass management programs for natural and constructed soil turf situations.
- Identify cool-season turfgrass species and describe their characteristics as they relate to potential success in different growing environments.
- Describe the concept of integrated pest management (IPM) and identify the key fundamentals of an IPM program, such as biology and identification of important turfgrass pests (insects, diseases and weeds) and how turfgrasses interact with the greater landscape.
- Illustrate how the integration of management practices, including cultural, physical, biological and chemical can be successfully used to manage pests and other issues on turfgrass stands in a sustainable manner.
- Understand how to access and interpret turfgrass agronomic information, integrate diverse information from the various sections of the course to design a strategy/plan of action to address real-life turf management issues (as demonstrated by problem-solving a series of case studies).
- Analyze all turf management practices (e.g., irrigation, drainage, and use and maintenance of equipment) and inputs (i.e., mowing, fertilization, irrigation and pest management) and choose the most environmentally sustainable practices while maintaining turf quality.
- Understand the importance of communication, professionalism and ethics utilized within the turfgrass industry.
The following topics are discussed in detail:
- Turfgrass Identification
- Turfgrass Management
- Integrated Pest Management
- Weed Identification
- Weed Management
- Construction and Drainage
- Landscape Management
Additional RequirementsInterest in turfgrass; willingness to work hard.
AssessmentAssignments, in-class tests and final exams.
The Turf Managers' Short course is accredited by the following associations:
- Canadian Golf Superintendents Association
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
- IPM Council of Canada
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For more detailed information, visit the Turf Managers' Short Course website. Register early!
College: Ontario Agricultural College
Department: Guelph Turfgrass Institute and the Open Learning and Educational Support