Greenkeeping & Sportsturf Management
There is an ever increasing demand for high quality turf surfaces in golf and field sports, nationally and internationally. The Greenkeeping and Sports Turf Management course at Colaiste Stiofain Naofa provides students with the knowledge and skills required to maintain golf courses and sports turf facilities. Students carry out practical work on the colleges’ sports pitches which include a natural soccer pitch, natural GAA/Rugby pitch and synthetic soccer pitch. In addition, students make field trips to other sports turf facilities and golf courses.
Graduates of this program are equipped to work or indeed continue their study at limitless turfgrass maintenance facilities worldwide. Graduates have gone on to work or study at Cranfield University, Mississippi State University, Ohio State University, Myerscough College, Elmwood College, Augusta National, Bethpage Park, Winged Foot, Fota Island, Ballybunion and Mount Juliet.
QQI Level 6
Golf and Sports Turf Management
This is a one year course
Leaving Certificate, L.C.A. or equivalent, with some practical experience in Greenkeeping or Sportsturf Maintenance is desirable. Mature students without formal qualifications are welcome to apply for places on this course. All applicants are interviewed and places are awarded on suitability.
The following subjects may be offered:
- Sports Turf Mechanisation
Examines the use of machinery and equipment in the sports turf area, including; selection, set-up, routine maintenance, correct use, storage etc.
- Sports Turf Science & Maintenance
Equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to manage factors that influence the development, quality and maintenance of sports turf.
- Sports Turf Facilities
This subject equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop, organise and supervise the operation of a sports turf facility.
- Ecology & Environment
Explores management of the natural environment.
- Tree & Shrub Management
Investigates species selection, planting, and maintenance of trees and shrubs.
- Word Processing
Equips the learner with the knowledge and skill to use a word processing application to complete a variety of tasks.
Covers verbal and non-verbal communication in relation to the golf and sports turf industry.
Greenkeeper, Golf Course Superintendent, Groundsman, Sports Turf Contractor.
Graduates have gone on to work or study at Cranfield University, Mississippi State University, Ohio State University, Myerscough College, Elmwood College, Augusta National, Bethpage Park, Winged Foot, Fota Island, Ballybunion and Mount Juliet.
390 CAO points can be earned by students on successful completion of this course.
- Elmwood College, Scotland: HNC/HND Golf Course Management
- Myerscough College, England: BSc Hons Sports Turf Science and Management
- The Ohio State Internship Program
- CIT: BSc Horticulture (CR011)
- UCD: BAgrSc Hons Horticulture, Landscape and Sports Turf Management (DN272)
- WIT/Kildalton College: BSc Horticulture (WD096)
- WIT/National Botanic Gardens: BSc Horticulture (WD097)
Students will complete six months work placement at a golf course or sports turf facility under the supervision of a qualified golf course superintendent. This work placement takes place on a one-day per week basis during the academic year and on a full-time basis during the summer.