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Golf Course Superintendent



Golf Course Superintendents are responsible for overseeing golf course management, maintenance, and operations.


What responsibilities will I have?

  • Grow, maintain and manicure varieties of turf grasses
  • Conduct routine inspection of equipment and vehicle to ensure productivity and safety of the facility
  • Work closely with maintenance superintendents in executing horticultural schedules
  • Oversee treatment and make adjustments as needed for future applications to ensure continued quality of turf and ornamentals
  • Manage and document chemical, pesticide and fertilizer use in accordance with regulations
  • Implement the agronomic plan for the golf course
  • Oversee laborers and other technicians in carrying out farm practices
  • Coordinate logistics of harvest, delivery, and transportation of product
  • Manage full-time and seasonal employees
  • Report to golf course management/board of directors/members on a daily/weekly basis


What education and training is required?

Some courses may offer this role to someone with an associates degree but most require a bachelors degree in agronomy, horticulture or agronomy.


To pursue a career as a Golf Course Superintendent:

The following high school courses are recommended:  agricultural education, biology, chemistry and mathematics.


Typical Employers:

Typical employers are private or public golf courses.


Future Job Market/Outlook:

The future outlook for Golf Course Superintendents is projected to be fair.


Suggested Professional Organizations and Associations:

  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
  • Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents
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