Golf Course Management

Plant Systems Pathway: These curricula are designed to prepare individuals for various careers in horticulture. Classroom instruction and practical laboratory applications of horticultural principles and practices are included in the
program of study.

Course work includes plant identification, pest management, plant science and soil science. Also included are courses in sustainable plant production and management, landscaping, and the operation of horticulture businesses.

Graduates should qualify for employment in a variety of positions associated with nurseries, garden centers, greenhouses, landscape operations, governmental agencies/parks, golf courses, sports complexes, highway vegetation, turf maintenance companies, and private and public gardens. Graduates should also be prepared to take the North Carolina Pesticide Applicators Examination and/or the North Carolina Certified Plant Professional Examination.

Golf Course Management Technology is a program that prepares individuals to manage the operation of golf courses. Potential course work includes instruction in turf grass science and management, golf course design and construction, grounds equipment and operation, pest control, and grounds management.

Because the use of computers is integral to this curriculum, some courses are delivered in an online format.

Unique Aspects

Students in the Golf Course Management program are able to spend a full year in a paid cooperative work environment where they work on one of the 52 world-class golf courses in the immediate area.

Maintenance, irrigation, disease, and drainage labs take place on nearby golf courses and are supervised by professional Turfgrass managers.

Students will be trained for and complete their North Carolina Pesticide Applicators License in their third semester.

In the final semester of study, students complete an internship at at a notable golf course. Augusta National, Merion, Winged Foote, Desert Mountain, TPC Sawgrass, and Pinehurst Resort are some of the prestigious courses where our students have interned.

Occupational Profile

Long gone are the days when a lawnmower operator could work his way up to become a golf course superintendent. Today’s golf courses desire their managers to have an advanced degree, as well as practical experience.

Entry-level employment into the green industry as an assistant golf course superintendent, a spray technician, or an assistant golf course construction superintendent is normal with a two-year degree in Turfgrass Management Technology. With experience, it is possible to advance to the position of golf course superintendent or golf course construction superintendent.

Jobs may be found at public and private golf courses, city recreational facilities, professional sports centers, and other areas where turfgrass is grown.

Special Requirements for Admission

Test Score/Class Requirements

Students must place into:

  • ENG 111
  • MAT 120 or higher

Letter of Recommendation

Applicants must submit a letter of recommendation from an individual in the golf course industry to:

Mike Ventola
Sandhills Community College
3395 Airport Road
Pinehurst, NC 28374.

Contact Information

Michael Ventola, Coordinator, Associate Professor
202 Little Hall
(910) 695-3941
ventolam@sandhills.edu