sports turf management

One of a series of 100 hour "short" courses from the Garden Design Academy suitable for all those dealing with plants - or in this case sports turf - on a professional level.

This course follows on from "Turf Care" and "Turf repair and renovation" and is aimed at those currently working in the turf care industry or who are looking to enter it.

Students will not only cover the basics of drainage, cultivation, mowing, weeding and feeding of refined turf, but will also explore appropriate techniques for managing different types of sports turfs.

Caring for Turf is a science of its own and this course assumes a basic knowledge of turf care, either through experience or prior study (eg. Our Turf Care courses).

From there it develops your ability to manage the maintenance of sports turf. It is relevant to the maintenance of all sports turf including golf courses, bowling clubs, playing fields, cricket wickets and other sporting facilities.

There are 10 lessons in this course:

  1. Turf variety selection
  2. Mowing - selection, use and maintenance of equipment.
  3. Cultivation techniques - spiking, coring, thatch removal and other techniques.
  4. Preparing for play on sports grounds - rolling, marking, etc.
  5. Preparing for play on greens - rolling, marking, etc.
  6. Turf protection & preservation
  7. Irrigation & drainage
  8. SoiltTreatments & sprays - pesticides, fertilisers, etc.
  9. Evaluation of maintenance facilities
  10. Developing a management plan.

Thie course provides approximately 100 hours of study. Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the Academy, marked by the Academy's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments and if necessary, extra reading.

You will be working with Colin Elliott, award-winning garden designer, landscaper, horticulturist and ex-Royal Gardener.


By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Select turf varieties to suit different sports surface requirements; including different climates & soil types.
  • Select turf varieties to suit different sports surfaces (eg. lawn bowls, fairways, greens, league football, cricket)
  • Identify turf blends, their application and reason for use.
  • Explain alternative procedures for sports turf maintenance, used for different types of facilities.
  • Explain specific wear problems and solutions for the five types of turf facilities
  • Evaluate procedures being used to maintain different types of facilities.
  • Determine the resources required to maintain a selected sports turf.
  • Develop management plans for different types of sports turf facilities.
  • Explain the management of a turf nursery to produce a reliable supply of sod.
  • Explain the irrigation and drainage requirements for sports turf fields ..............and lots more!


Sports Turf Management - Course cost: £ 380

OR two payments of £ 215

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