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Three-Week Professional Golf Turf Management Short Course

Three-Week Golf Turf Management Short Course Course Description and Objectives With the right skills, tools, and work ethic, you can build a rewarding career in golf turf management. This intensive Three-Week Professional Golf Turf Management School provides the specialized skills you need to advance in the turf management field. Become a more informed and technically sound turfgrass manager by: • Developing a better understanding of the science behind good cultural practices • Refining and improving your managerial and leadership skills and communicating more effectively with your staff, your supervisors and your customers • Becoming familiar with the newest turf research and developments pioneered at the Rutgers University horticulture farm and soil and plant testing labs • Developing contacts and exploring career opportunities in turfgrass management by plugging into an active network of colleagues and alumni at Rutgers.

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Bruce Neary provides high-energy leadership for this course. With a Bachelors in Ornamental Horticulture from Rutgers and a Masters in Agricultural Science from Texas A & M, Bruce combines an active teaching style with a gift for clearly communicating complex ideas.

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You will also work with these Rutgers’ faculty and staff: Richard Buckley, Joseph Clark, William Dickson, Dr. Bingru Huang, Dr. Richard Hurley, Dr. Daniel Kluchinski, Dr. Albrecht Koppenhofer, Edward V. Lipman, Jr., Dr. William Meyer, Dr. James Murphy, and Sabrina Tirpak.

Who Should Attend and Why Superintendents and Assistant Superintendents will learn the tools needed to understand why their turf and personnel management strategies make sense -- or could be improved. Golf Course Forepersons will learn the wide range of skills needed to become the reliable eyes and ears of the superintendent on the course, as well as new ways of motivating their crews. Greenskeepers and Laborers will learn the skills and earn the credentials needed to move up the career ladder. Committing to three weeks of intensive study demonstrates you have the ambition, commitment and training of a leader. Irrigation Technicians and Mechanics will expand their knowledge, range and value by learning new agronomic and personnel management skills. Golf Course Architects or Golf Course Construction Specialists will value our focused content by gaining a maximum of skills in a minimum amount of time. Golf Course Owners and Club Managers will make better business risk/return and cost/benefit decisions by improving their understanding of the technical side of turf management and the cost side of the budget. Career changers will discover that the turf management field is filled with leaders who chose to work outside, amidst the game they love. This course can open doors to high-level internships.

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Registration Fee: $1,395 Multi-registration Fee: $1,295 Late Fee: $1,445 (after 12/18/09)

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“I cannot think of one thing [from the course] that would not help me in my job. Everything just ties into itself.” Mark Jones, 2009 Three-Week Attendee Bear Creek Golf Club, Westminster, MD “[The instructors] touched on everything. I think it’s a really great program. It was more than what I expected.” John Humphrey, 2009 Three-Week Attendee Beacon Hill Country Club, Atlantic Highlands, NJ “The instructors here at Rutgers truly care about helping each student fulfill their dreams in the golf industry. Because of my experience here, I have been able to go further than I had ever dreamed with my passion in turf. They have all been as dedicated to helping me get there as I have. THANK YOU!! Jesse Shannon Manhattan Woods Golf Club, West Nyack, NY

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Soil, Fertility and Drainage: Understanding physical, chemical and biological properties of soils, identifying and assessing fertilizer needs as well as drainage and aeration. Turf Morphology and Agronomic Principles: Turf identification, morphology, and development, as well as selection of grasses, seed production, seed certification and breeding. Turf Establishment and Renovation: Establishing and renovating turfgrass, including seeding, sprigging, and sodding. Introducing new cultivars on greens, fairways, and tees. Turfgrass Diseases, Insects and Weeds: These three topics alone are worth the time and investment in the course. Strong focus on identification and control strategies. Irrigation Principles: Components, installation and repair, including sprinklers, nozzles, valves, wiring, pipes, control system components, winterization and spring set-up. Management and Maintenance: Mowing, watering, fertilizing, cultivation, and controlling thatch to maintain a great playing surface while controlling costs. Mowing Heights and Machinery Maintenance: Hands-on instruction to select the proper machinery and the correct cutting height for different equipment and situations. Plant and Landscape Science: Proper planting procedures, pruning techniques and design basics, as well as identification and selection of shade trees, deciduous shrubs and groundcovers.

Managing Golf Course Employees: Learn how to assess your leadership style, as well as understand leadership dynamics, motivational strategies and strategic planning. Golf Course Construction: Design principles and their impact on construction. Contours, slopes, bunkers, ponds, cart paths, and greens, as well as costs, scheduling, and contracts. Financial Management: Principles, strategies and tools to develop and maintain accurate budgets.



Phone: 732.932.9271, M-F 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. Please have your Visa, Mastercard or AMEX number ready.

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Mail: Registration Desk, NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education, Rutgers University, 102 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8519. Please make check payable to: Rutgers University Web: Please visit: for information Payment Policy - All students must have prearranged for payment to be admitted to the class (purchase order, check, VISA, Mastercard, American Express or money order). Refunds - You may withdraw from this course with a full refund (minus a processing fee) provided our office is notified at least five (5) full working days prior to the start of the course. Beyond that time, registrants may be responsible for the full registration fee. Substitutions are welcomed.

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Course code: AT0306CA10

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Course code: AL0406CA10

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Further your career by attending The Rutgers 2 Year Professional Golf Turf Management Program. Convenient fall and winter schedules are available. For more information, please contact Fran Koppell, Senior Program Coordinator, or (732) 932-9271 ext. 637.

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