Golf Course Manager

Occupation Information table
Overview: Golf course superintendents and turf managers are responsible for maintaining an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound golf course. They are responsible for landscaping, irrigation, pest control and recreation operations for golf playing.
Duties: They decide upon the types of turf, plants and trees to use on golf courses based on soil analysis, topography and climate conditions. They plan and manage landscaping projects.

They design irrigation systems for golf courses and manage their construction. They decide what types of fertilizers and pest controls to use, and when and how to irrigate.

They plan and manage the purchase and use of golf course grounds maintenance equipment to use. They manage greenskeeping and the schedules of operation for ground crews.

They develop and manage the budget for golf course operations and decide upon golf play programs & activities with the objective of providing players with challenging and enjoyable rounds of golf.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is projected to grow 5% to 8% percent from 2018 to 2028, which matches the average growth rate for all occupations.
Salary Range (National Average): $27,000 to $31,000
Education Level: Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.
Additional Training/Education: A two-year associate degree in golf course operations, landscape technology and ornamental horticulture plus a golf course internship or work experience is the ideal preparation for this occupation. Courses of instruction include botany, soild technology, landscaping, irrigation, and park and recreation administration.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Having a job where you can spend a significant amount of time outside.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.