Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School:
"Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School leads the industry in its scientific research while upholding the tradition of the game. This program is an asset to superintendents, a blessing to golfers, and continues to have a positive impact on the world we live in today. Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School helps mold the future of the industry, 18 holes at a time. "
- John Collins, Class of 2016
"There are many reasons to choose Rutgers. You can learn about grass and diseases in other programs. Sure, the instructors are the best in the industry and the things you learn from them go far beyond the curriculum. The reasons I chose Rutgers were the classes on management, professional development, budgeting, and others like them. They are turning you into a professional. The name of the program says it all!! Rutgers PROFESSIONAL Golf Turf Management School."
- Glenn O. McCrory, Class of 2016
"The turf program is great for Spanish speaking people who want to become superintendents. It helps you prepare and understand all aspects in the golf industry career."
- Lupe Orozco, Class of 2016
"After school, I looked out onto the golf course with a whole new set of glasses. Rutgers sharpened every skill I have as a turf professional, both as an individual and as a superintendent. "
- Stephen Carpenter, Class of 2016
"[Rutgers provides] A great learning environment that brings people from all over the world into the classroom and teaches us life lessons as much as critical material for our jobs."
- Brandon Perrine, Class of 2016
"If you're looking to further your career in the golf course industry, this is a great program. The instructors are some of the best in the world. I'm happy that I made the decision to take this program because now I feel like there are a bunch of doors that have opened up for me."
- Brandon Hilts, Class of 2016
"Golf will always be in my heart and soul whether it be as a former superintendent, shaper or player. Rutgers basically has dictated my career in one aspect or another since I graduated in 1995. My times at Rutgers were the most terrifying, intense and most rewarding time of my life. I did a lot of growing up and facing fears there. One thing is for sure, I will never forget what my alma mater enabled me to achieve. I am proud to call myself a graduate of the program."
- Christopher Clark, Class of 1995
"After two years together, it's a brotherhood. We all go through so much together and are always there for each other when one of us was down or struggling. I'm honored and privileged to be a part of the 2015 class of The Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School.”
- Joe Fraker, Class of 2015
"You can work on a golf course and know what you need to do, but the Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School teaches you WHY you need to do it. You learn the science, but it’s not a cut and dry formula for success. It's all about options. At Rutgers, you'll learn three different ways to achieve the same results and then you pick the best option for your golf course. "
- Peter Danaher, Rock Creek Golf Course (Washington DC), Class of 2016
"Rutgers' turf program is great because the 2-Year curriculum allows you to focus on turf management. You can really develop the skills superintendents should have. In fact, I got four (4) job offers before I even completed the 2-year program!
"Also, I want to formally thank Rutgers and all of my instructors for everything."
- Paul (PJ) Precone, Irem Country Club (PA), Class of 2014
"Before I came to study at Rutgers, I knew what to do when I came across a problem. After learning from some of the best instructors in the world, I was able to solve most of these problems before they happened. Rutgers helped me to expand my abilities to be more proactive and to think on my feet.
"What a great experience! Learning has never been more satisfying. For anyone thinking of professional turf management as a career, I highly recommend NJAES and Rutgers turf as a first and only choice for the serious professional."
- Richard Evans, Quail Brook Golf Course (NJ), Class of 2009
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"I chose Rutgers because it's one of the top five turf programs in the country. The schedule was very convenient for me, being just January through March - I [could] get it done during the winter and not miss a whole lot at work.
"You really can't advance in the industry without this certificate. Everything that you learn here is building toward that - becoming a superintendent on a golf course.
"There's definitely a Rutgers network, and it's good to be a part of it."
- Chris Dodd, Castle Pines Golf Club (CO), Class of 2013
"Going into [the Rutgers program], I was so nervous. I didn't know what I was in for, especially knowing I was the only girl in the class. But I have learned so much. I've taken a lot that would make me a better leader. And we've all formed really good bonds. Going forward, we're all going to keep in touch, use each other as references and keep the friendships going.
"I feel so much more confident in what I'm doing right now. Knowing that I've gotten through this, I've done it... is really cool."
- Ashley Schuler, Kukio Makai Beach Golf Club (HI), Class of 2013
"There's no other program in the country right now for the money, for the time, for the experience and the knowledge that these teachers offer... Not only are you learning about how to grow grass, you're learning about how to maintain & build relationships, leadership. It's an all around growth experience.
"Having 16 years experience is great but once you finally start to understand the concepts and the science behind everything, it brings everything to a head. You can never stop learning in this industry - whether you're 21 or 51. If you feel like you need more education, come here."
- Jeffrey Swanson, Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club (MA), Class of 2014
"You're not just learning the sciences - they spend a lot of time teaching you the management and the professionalism too, which is really important. We're not just here taking information in, we're actually building relationships and learning how to handle each other's different management and leadership styles. People don't realize - yeah, you're working on a golf course, but you also have to deal with the membership, county officials, state officials, board members... You have to do a lot more than growing grass. Growing grass is 10%... 90% is the other part of the job."
- Chris Navin, Maryland Golf & Country Club (MD), Class of 2014
"The Rutgers program is really one of the best programs in the country because it gives you the ability and time to take all the knowledge you've practiced and apply it anywhere in the country you want to go.
"My frustration with [other] programs is they're four-year, very expensive programs, with very limited time to actually apply the skills that you learn. The advantage to the two-year program is that you're getting the same education for less money and you get more time to really implement the skills you've learned here instead of just reading about them."
- Alex Daly, Woodstock Country Club (VT), Class President, Class of 2014
"I can’t even count how many times something I learned at Rutgers has become applicable in my job. When I speak of Rutgers, I talk about what great turf education one receives there, what high quality instructors teach there, and how proud I am to be a graduate. It was such a complete and excellent learning experience."
- Brady Klein, Eastward Ho Country Club (MA), Class of 2010
"This program is second to none. It has turned me into a professional and a leader while giving me a tremendous amount of education. I believe attending this program was the best possible move I could have made for my future."
- Timothy Mars, National Golf Links of America (NY), Class of 2010
"[Turf] is my passion and I am thankful for all of your efforts to get me to this point. The [golf course] owner holds Rutgers in high regards and it was a huge consideration in my getting this position."
- Travis Martin, Meadow Lakes Golf Resort (MT), Class of 2011
"Ultimately, I want to be a general manager or a chief operating officer at a private club. To have any credibility at a golf club, you have to be able to work hand-in-hand with your superintendent. The great thing about this program is I'm learning how to care for [turf], and I'm getting the other skills like public speaking, professional development, and budgeting.
"After the first year, I went back to the golf course and I felt a lot more confident. I was able to do my job better. I felt like I had credibility and a good background. [Rutgers] gave me the knowledge and skills to have that confidence."
- Frank Argento, Jr., The Meadowbrook Club (NY), Class of 2013
"I like how it's so fast paced because you're learning the exact same things that someone who is taking a four-year program is learning, it's just in a more condensed version. It keeps you on your toes. This is opening my eyes. This is really branching out my learning."
- Craig Levitsky, Royce Brook Golf Club (NJ), Class of 2014
"I highly recommend the program. You go for ten weeks at a time and it's hard when you're here but it's all worth it when you get back. It's a tight-knit community within your class. You make some really good friends - better friends than I thought I would make in ten weeks.
"You go to class and it's all the people who you read [about] in GCM [Magazine]... they're your professors. It's really industry-leading people who are teaching the classes. And halfway through my internship, I was offered a 2nd assistant position at a higher end private golf club. So it helped out career-wise."
- Mike Mohn, Minnesota Valley Country Club (MN), Class of 2013