Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School:
Managing the Golf Course

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Everyday, the golf course superintendent assigns major maintenance tasks to staff in a way that minimally impacts golfers. However, minor tasks, from daily repairing of divots, ball marks, dew removal and picking up trash, are equally important in getting the course ready for play.

In the long term, golf course superintendents must schedule seasonal/yearly watering, fertilizing, topdressing, seeding/sodding, drainage, verticutting and other primary maintenance duties to ensure the health and beauty of the course.

When extreme weather hits -- from heat and drought to torrential rains -- the superintendent must decide what action to take. The cure depends on the illness and the unique conditions. Sometimes inaction -- patiently giving damaged turfgrass time to heal on its own -- is best. Other times, a more proactive approach -- from resodding to covering greens over winter -- is warranted.

The point: a balanced approach to turf management keeps plants and players happy. Knowing when to do what comes from experience and education.

Are you ready to broaden your horizons and turf management skills?

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Portions adapted and reprinted by permission from the GCSAA.