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SUNY Delhi / NYSTA Golf Seminar & Outing June 5, 2012

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What Our Graduates Say:

"I am so thankful and grateful for my Delhi Education. Without it I would not be where I am today. I loved all the personal time that I got with the instructors and all of the hands-on training that I got. Delhi is not a cookie-cutter school looking for numbers --- you can tell that they really care for you." Eric Newell, Assistant Superintendent, Bethpage State Park, Bethpage, NY

"Attending Delhi has benefitted me by providing an in-depth hands-on experience in all facets of my profession. I will always credit Delhi for my success and for triggering a prideful attitude towards my work." Aaron Crouse, Assistant Superintendent, The Woodmere Club, Woodmere, NY

"If it were not for the faculty and staff of the Turf Program at SUNY Delhi, I would not be where I am today. Untimately they supplied me with a stable platform from which my career could be launched." James Hayes, First Assistant Superintendent, Congressional Country Club, Bethesda MD.

Associate in Applied Science Degree

This practical education includes applying what is learned in the classroom to managing our 18-hole college golf course. Day-to-day operations include managing turfgrasses, irrigation, pest management and equipment maintenance. Students work at paid summer internships around the country. Graduates work at the country’s most prestigious golf courses, with a 100% placement rate.

Program SummaryGolf Course Operations Program Overview

It's a Natural...Our unique, Associates in Applied Sciences Degree Program in Golf Course Operations prepares students for managing the day to day operations at golf course facilities, including managing turfgrasses, irrigation, pest management and equipment maintenance. Our curriculum is intended to give students extensive hands-on experience in the classroom and laboratory using the latest equipment. This practical education includes applying what is learned in the classroom to the real world, managing our 18-hole college golf course. Additionally, students gain valuable working experience during summer paid internships at facilities across the country, allowing them to seamlessly transfer into careers in the golf industry upon graduation. Currently, SUNY Delhi graduates are working in some of the country’s most prestigious golf courses. At the present time we have a 100% employment placement rate.

The scheduling of classes within the Golf Course Operations program is designed so that those students interested in pursuing the Bachelors degree in Golf and Sports Turf Management can do so without loss of credit or time.

On campus facilities provide indoor and outdoor learning environments where students may practice and study what they have learned. Some facilities are available evenings and weekends to afford students the flexibility they may need in their weekly schedule. Some facilities are as follows:

The Field

The golf economy in the U.S. is a $76 billion industry. The golf industry is larger than the newspaper industry; larger than performing arts and spectator sports; and larger than the motion picture and video business. The total economic impact of golf in America in 2007, including direct, indirect and induced impacts, was $195 billion.

The following represents just a sampling of some of the career and transfer options available to SUNY Delhi students following the completion of their degree.

Career paths:



Minimum requirements to be considered for admission HS Average: 75
Algebra Regents: 73
Biology Regents: 73
Transfer GPA: 2.0

SUNY Curriculum Code: 1063

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