Rutgers Professional Golf Turf Management School:
Today's Golf Course Superintendent

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Today a superintendent's duties are multifaceted. Technology has taken the industry from grazing livestock and horse-drawn mowers to heavy-duty equipment and sophisticated electronic systems.


The golf course superintendent manages labor, time, materials and finances in a manner that is compatible with the environment, meets financial goals and serves the customer.

The professional superintendent communicates with owners, golfers, vendors, suppliers, golf professionals, golf course architects and others in the golf industry. The superintendent also educates community groups and the media about golf course and turfgrass management in today's changing world.

The superintendent usually reports to the golf course owner, a general manager or green chairman. When a city owns the golf course, the superintendent may report to the Director of Parks and Recreation. Learn more about the role of the golf course superintendent.

Education & Salary

Golf course superintendents generally earn a good living. Those who complete a rigorous certification program recognized by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America generally earn higher salaries and have a greater opportunity to advance in the profession. It is not unusual for superintendents to earn a six-figure income.

Opportunities to Work Outside

Pre-teens, high school students and young adults who have a passion for being outside working in nature and with people, technological equipment, and making decisions concerning the environment may want to consider becoming part of the exciting world within the golf industry as a superintendent. To find out more about the profession and see if this is the career for you, contact a superintendent at a nearby golf course and consider getting a job there to learn what the work is like.

Get Credentials to Advance Your Career

If you already have some golf course experience and want to advance your outdoor career, consider adding a Rutgers Certificate to your resume. This respected credential can help open doors!

  • Attend our three-week course (held every January) to learn more about the profession or to jump-start your career if time is tight.
  • Apply to our two-year program if you are ready to invest serious time in your education with more in-depth training and professional experience through an internship.

Portions adapted and reprinted by permission from the GCSAA.