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Golf and Sports Turf Management

Golf and Sports Turf Management - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Golf and Sports Turf Management

Golf is wildly popular and Myrtle Beach is the place to be if you love this exciting sport! If you're interested in a career in this fast-growing industry, you should check out HGTC's Golf and Sports Turf Management associate degree program, the only associate degree program of its kind in South Carolina. Graduates of the Golf & Sports Turf Management emphasis program are qualified for employment as course superintendent, assistant superintendent, grounds managers or foreman. Other employment areas include turf management, sod production, park management,  landscape management and turf products sales positions.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Golf Course Management program are qualified for entry-level positions with public and private golf courses, golf clubs, parks, and turf-product companies.

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Mission/Purpose Statement:

The mission of the golf and sports turf management program is to offer a strong academic and applications-based program necessary to produce well-educated graduates who become innovative and productive members of society. Students will possess both the problem-solving skills and the fundamental soft skills needed in the modern workplace. Students will be prepared in the areas of plant science, soils, pest management, irrigation, grounds management, fiscal and organizational management. 


  • Become engaged and competent golf and sports turf management professionals by applying technical and managerial skills needed for planning, design, construction, operation, or maintenance of golf courses, athletic fields or other turfgrass facilities, using their skills to analyze, design, maintain, and build turfgrass systems, specify appropriate methods and materials, perform cost estimates and analyses, and manage technical activities in support of golf and sports turf management activities. 

  • Cultivate students’ communication skills in oral, written, visual and graphic modes when working as team members or leaders, so they can actively participate in their communities and their profession. 

  • Established an understanding of professionalism, ethics, quality performance, safety, and sustainability that allows them to be professional leaders and contributors to society when solving agronomic challenges while producing golf and sports turf management solutions.

For more information, contact:
Charles Granger - (843) 349-5189
Jim Huntoon - (843) 349-5364

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
ENG 155* Communications I 3
HRT 110 Plant Form and Function 4
MAT 170 Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry I 3
TUF 171 Introduction to Turf Management 3
TUF 174 Turfgrass Pests I 3
  TOTAL 16
Second Semester - Spring    
CWE Cooperative Work Experience 3
ENG 160 Technical Communications I* 3
HRT 125 Soils 4
TUF 172 Turf Management I 3
TUF 274 Turf Records and Budgets 2
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
TUF 201 SCWE in Golf Course Management "Internship" 8
Fourth Semester - Fall    
HRT 113 Plant Materials 3
PHI 110 Ethics 3
TUF 175 Turfgrass Pests II 3
TUF 252 Turf Management II 3
TUF 272 Turf Irrigation and Drainage 5
  TOTAL 17
Fifth Semester - Spring    
HRT 154 Grounds Maintenance 3
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
TUF 215 Turf Business Practices 3
TUF 262 Pesticides 3
TUF 275 Performance Turf Design and Construction 3
  TOTAL 15



*Students continuing towards a bachelors degree path are advised to take ENG 101, ENG 102, and SPC 205 in place of ENG 155 and ENG 160; and PSY 201 in place of PSY 103 and MAT 110 in place of MAT 170.