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Unit V Golf Course Management
Lesson 2
13
Lesson 2. Career Opportunities in the Golf Industry
Lesson 2. Career Opportunities in the Golf Industry
A Challenging and Rewarding Career
Terms
assistant superintendent: an assistant to a
superintendent, serving as superintendent when the
superintendent is absent: This position usually a ttracts a
recent college graduate majoring in golf course
management or related areas with experience in golf
course management.
golf course management crew: a team of three to several
dozens of people with special training to maintain a golf
cou rse including mowing, irrigating, fertilizing, pest
control, ground maintenance, tournament preparation,
and other aspects to keep the golf course's playability.
golf course management: the science and art used to

maintain a golf course for golfers: It includes turfgrass management, financial management, human resource management, and environmental management.

golf course superintendent: the supervisor and leader of

the golf course management crew. A superintendent is usually required to have a college degree or training in golf course management, turfgrass management, or

related areas and skills in financial management and
human resource management. It usually takes a person 2
to 3 years in a position as assistant superintendent to
become a superintendent.
irrigation technician: a trained specialist responsible for
maintenance of the irrigation systems on a golf course
m echanic: a trained specialist responsible for repairing
and maintaining equipment including mowers, sprayers,
and related machines
pesticide technician: a trained specialist responsible for
pest management and application of pesticides with a
pesticide license
student interns:college stu dents working on a golf

course majoring in golf course management or related areas to meet course credit requirements for a college degree

turfgrass management: the science and art of studying
turfgrasses and their uses for different purposes including
golf course turf, lawns, sports turf, and utility turf
workers: people who work on a golf cou rse inclu ding
qualified high school students: These workers have skills
National Science
Education
Standards, Grades
9-12
Unifying Concepts
and Processes:
Systems, order, and
organ ization
Evidence, models
and explanation
Science as Inquiry:
Understanding
about scientific
in qu iry
Abilities to do
scientific inquiry
Life Science:
Interdependence of
organisms
Matter, energy, and
organization in
living systems
Behavior of
organisms
History and Nature
of Science:
Science as human
endeavor
Natu re of scientific
kn owledge
Mathematical Skills
Unit V Golf Course Management
Lesson 2
14
in communication and equipment operation and a general
knowledge of golf course management.
Performance Objectives
The student will
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list five jobs and their responsibilities in golf cou rse
management.
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describe the purpose and training of a college intern
working on a golf cou rse.
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list three major training areas required to be a qualified superintendent.
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visit a local golf course and interview the golf course maintenance crew.
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use the web sites:w w w . g c s a a . o r g andw w w . t u r fn e t . c o m to print out one job
announcement for golf course superintendent (optional).
Materials Needed
For the clas s
a school bu s for travel to a local golf cou rse
a camera
For each small group of students
a camera (optional)
For each student
the student sheet
Background Information

Golf course management is a complicated task and it deals mainly with four major areas: turfgrass management, human resource management, financial management, and environmental enhancement. Maintaining a golf course to its playability requires multiple personnel involvement. A golf course

superintendent is a leader of his/ her crew. They maintain the golf course at a
level that allows the golfers to enjoy the game on a daily basis.
There are more than 16,365 golf courses in the U.S. and more than 26,000 golf
courses in the world. Therefore, there must be 26,000 golf course

superintendents to manage the people working on all the golf courses. Since 1800, golf has become a popular game and sport in American life and now there are 25 to 30 million regu lar golfers in the U.S. To serve these American golfers, well-trained superintendents and crew are required. The Golf Course

Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), founded in 1928, is the

largest golf course management related professional association in the world. There are 160,000 to 250,000 employees directly working on golf cou rses in the U.S.

There are some successful superintendents with less than a high school
diploma. However, it is now generally agreed that a post-secondary diploma is
required. There are many superintendents who have Bachelor's and Master's
Unit V Golf Course Management
Lesson 2
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degrees in turfgrass science or related fields. According to a recent survey

conducted by GCSAA, about 85% of the superintendents have formal training in the tu rfgrass science area or related fields. It normally requ ires two to three years' experience as an assistant superintendent to become a superintendent. The general trend shows that a golf course superintendent is one of the favorite positions in the green industry. It is also a highly demanding position.

Assistant golf course superintendents, mechanics, pesticide technicians, and irrigation technicians are professionals trained in different areas. It is very common for these professionals to have a college degree or post-secondary training.

For all employees working on golf courses, knowledge of turfgrass management,
golf rules, and equipment operation are essential. Continuing training and
education in these areas are required to keep up with the profession.

Thousands of college and high school students have worked on golf courses as part-time employees. Students also can earn course credits to work on golf courses as interns. In North America, there are more than 100 institutions that have golf course management programs leading to a college degree.

Teacher Preparation
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Visit the GCSAA web site:w w w . g c s a a . o r g andw w w . t u r fn e t . c o m for information
about the golf industry.
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Get a current issue of Golf Course Managem ent and read the articles.
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Contact a local golf course superintendent and arrange a visit for the class.
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Get the school bus and camera ready for the field trip.
Procedure
Before the visit to the golf course (10 to 15 m inutes)
1. Explain the terms listed at the beginning of the lesson.
2. Ask students to describe the job responsibilities of golf course maintenance
workers.
3. Ask the students to review the questions on the student sheet and prepare to
ask these questions during the visit.
During the visit to the golf course (30 to 45 m inutes)
1. Ask the superintendent or the assistant superintendent to give a 10 to 15
minute presentation on the job responsibilities of the golf course management
crew.

2. Divide the students into small groups to interview the pesticide technician, the irrigation technician, or the mechanic for 10 minutes and record their findings on the student sheet.

3. Ask each stu dent to write down the interview information on the student sheet.
4. Take a tour of a complete hole.

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