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Our Programs: Rutgers Leads the Way in Turf Management

As described by Rick Woelfel in his For Turfgrass Knowledge, Experts and Students Turn to Rutgers article for the New Jersey State Golf Association's Spring 2015 issue of its Golf magazine, "What the New York Yankees are to baseball, Rutgers University is to the turf industry." He detailed with acute accuracy the three-pronged mission of our turf program saying that Rutgers aims to provide:

1. Wide-ranging research in the field of turfgrass science
2. Assistance and outreach to turf managers around the world
3. Education and training to the men and women who spend their professional lives tending to turf.

To fulfill these objectives, we established our first series of turfgrass evaluation plots in 1923. By 1932, we had founded a working turf advisory service that assisted golf courses throughout the tri-state area. And in 1961, The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School was chartered by Dr. Ralph Engel.

Our Roots: Educating Turfgrass Management Professionals for Over 50 Years

Dr. Ralph Engel, a highly respected teacher, researcher and extension specialist, wanted to provide a creative learning environment where golf course employees could build their skills and knowledge in the ever-changing science of golf turf management. He believed in mentoring first, encouragement second and, finally, exposure to the finest educators. Since graduating our first class in 1962, we continue to honor Dr. Engel's dream of creating a world-renowned learning center for golf course employees pursuing education and certification.

To date, over 4,700 professionals have completed our golf turf certificate programs. Hundreds of these graduates are currently working as golf course superintendents or assistant golf course superintendents at many of the most highly regarded courses across the United States and around the world. Others have become leaders in related turfgrass careers, working in positions at parks, sports fields, seed companies, irrigation companies, turf management equipment companies, and more. Read about our alumni in the news to see how our programs have opened new doors for many graduates.

We encourage you to explore our Two-Year Certificate Program and Three-Week Preparatory Course to find out how we can help you pursue a rewarding career in turf management!


Our Vision: Shaping Today's Successful Golf Course Superintendent

Today's elite golf course superintendents develop scientific knowledge of turfgrasses and their cultivation, maintain an aesthetically pleasing and environmentally sound golf course, and understand the game of golf. Successful golf turf management professionals also develop the skills to work within a budget and communicate effectively with managers, owners, vendors, members, and staff. The unique educational experience that aspiring turf managers receive at the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School prepares them to be able to effectively handle these challenges and more. Read testimonials from Two-Year Turf Students and Three-Week Turf Students to hear them explain how they benefited from the turf management training they received at Rutgers.


Our Goal: Providing Students with the Skills & Confidence to Excel in Turf Management

Our goal is to provide an active learning environment that promotes creative opportunities for students to attain knowledge, develop skills, build self-confidence and ultimately become leaders in the golf turf industry. Review the program details for our Two-Year Certificate Program or Three-Week Preparatory Course to learn more about how our courses can help you take the next step in your turf career.


Our Faculty: Eager to Share Their Turfgrass Knowledge with Students

Our nationally recognized instructors include Rutgers University faculty and staff, experienced golf turf management professionals, and respected experts from related industries. For in-depth profiles of the members of our instructional team, please visit our Golf Turf Management School Faculty page.


Our Students: A Diverse Group with a Shared Interest in Turfgrass Management

Whether you are new to the turf industry or already have experience working on a golf course, the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School can help you take the next step in your career. Our turfgrass management students are a very diverse group, and they enjoy learning from one another, forming lasting friendships, and building professional connections that continue to thrive long after class has ended.

While many of our students are from the northeastern part of the United States, we also have countless alumni who have traveled from all over the country and the world to attend our golf turf management training programs. Students have come to the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School from all 50 states and well over 20 other countries, including Austria, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Canada, China, Dominican Republic, England, Estonia, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. Read comments from past international students to hear about their experiences coming to Rutgers to study turf management.

Some of our students are young men and women who are just starting their turfgrass management careers. In fact, we have had participants come straight out of high school into our Three-Week Turf Course. On the other end of the spectrum, many individuals with 5, 10, 15, even 20+ years of prior experience in the golf course turf management industry make the decision to attend our programs. These men and women, who are often already working as golf course superintendents or assistant superintendents, or as turf and grounds managers at athletic stadiums or park systems, choose to pursue turfgrass management training at Rutgers in order to attain formal education that can help them advance their turf careers. Visit our Video Gallery and Photo Gallery to see what student life is like at the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School.


Our Staff: Friendly, Knowledgeable, and Ready to Help Turf Students

Our supportive and customer centered administrative team works hard to facilitate a positive learning experience for all students who attend our golf turf management programs. We are happy to answer questions, provide tours for prospective students, and help you make the most of your time here at Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School. If you're considering pursuing a turfgrass management certificate from Rutgers, please contact us today!

Fran Koppell, Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School

Fran Koppell
848-932-7471
koppell@njaes.rutgers.edu

Casey Noon, Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School

Casey Sky Noon
848-932-7250
noon@njaes.rutgers.edu

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Suzanne Hills
848-932-7234
suzanne.hills@rutgers.edu