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Golf & Sports Turf Management

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Create Your Own Field of Dreams with the Golf & Sports Turf Management Program

Have you dreamt of athletic fields and stadiums, golf courses, and picturesque landscapes becoming your future office? Well, you’ve come to the right place. The Golf & Sports Turf Management major prepares you to specialize in golf course supervision, sports turf management, grounds maintenance, sod production, sales, and similar recreation careers. With turfgrass management techniques and personnel relations, graduates of the program are ready for work in the green industry. With over 500 golf courses in the state of Minnesota and over 15,000 golf courses in the U.S., students have access to a variety of internships and excellent job opportunities.

Golf and Sports Turf Management is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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Amberly Cox

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Assistant Dir. of Recruitment | (218) 281-8569



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    Average Salary: $69,239
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    Build and maintain turf grass environments
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    Blend hands-on with high-tech
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    career-oriented environment

Major in the making of you

Career Paths

Golf Course Superintendent, Sports Turf Manager, Grounds Superintendent, Parks and Recreational Facility Manager, Turfgrass Consultant

Average Salaries

  • Private Golf Course Superintendent: $103,300
  • Public Golf Course Superintendent: $69,400
  • Assistant Superintendent: $41,300
  • Athletic Field Turf Manager: $59,000-75,000
  • Athletic 1st Assistant: $41,400

Turfgrass Management Minor and Certificate Available

A Turfgrass Management minor and Turfgrass Management certificate are also available.

Note: Certificates are intended for non-degree seeking students who have industry experience but want to be certified in Turfgrass Management. Minors are for degree-seeking students who are majoring in related fields who want to add Turfgrass Management to their skillset.


Golf & Sports Turf Management


  • Engage in every aspect of managing turfgrass environments such as plant science, horticulture, and management

  • Take advantage of the close proximity to golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms, and more in the area

  • Develop plans for various turfgrass areas, from golf courses to home lawns

  • Research the newest trends in sustainable turfgrass systems, environmentally friendly turfgrass fertility programs, and more


At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

  • Kristina Walker

    Associate Professor

Student Stories

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    David Zapata
    “I was a business major and studying online at another institution, but when I saw golf and turf management in the listing of what was offered on the Crookston campus, I was more than a little interested,” Zapata says.
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    Ben Koisti
    At a young age of two years old, he was given his first set of golf clubs by his parents. Since then, golf has become second nature to Ben Koisti even landing him a spot on the Minnesota Crookston Men’s Golf team.