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College Catalog Fall 2008 - Spring 2009
Golf Course Operations - AAS

The Field

The demand for technically trained people who can plan, utilize, and care for plant materials used in residential, commercial, and recreational areas is increasing dramatically. Professional organizations estimate that the need for this type of trained technician will increase by 10 to 15 percent each year for the next 10 years. This demand is also reflected in the 98% job placement rate for graduates of Delhi’s Golf and Plant Sciences programs.

The College offers distinct programs in the golf and plant sciences field which give students the opportunity to specialize. Programs include Horticulture, Landscape Contracting Technology, Turf Management, and Golf Course Operations.

Career possibilities for those choosing Horticulture include nursery manager, greenhouse manager, horticultural inspector, and garden center manager.

Landscape Contracting graduates find opportunities in landscape design, landscape contracting, landscape production and sales, landscape equipment sales, or transfer to a B.L.A. program in Landscape Architecture.

Turf Management prepares students for careers as athletic facility managers, turf equipment salespersons, or for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in Turf Management.

The Golf Course Operations program prepares students specifically for career opportunities as golf course superintendents and in related golf course support services.

The Instructional Program

Students study one of four program areas: Horticulture, Landscape Contracting Technology, Turf Management, or Golf Course Operations. Credit is not lost if a student changes areas after the second semester since each program shares common core courses in the first year. Each area leads to the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree.

The Horticulture program gives students a broad overview of the horticulture field. Practical experience is gained in growing and nurturing greenhouse crops. This program also gives students the flexibility to transfer upon graduation to a four-year-college program in Horticulture.

Students in the Landscape Contracting program gain practical experience in the design and installation of residential and commercial landscapes. The program also gives students the bases for transfer to a four-year college offering a bachelor's degree in Landscape Architecture.

Turf Management emphasizes the care and maintenance of fine-turf areas. Students are taught the theory and practice of proper turf management, and are given extensive hands-on experience in the laboratory, at the College’s 18-hole golf course, and on the extensive campus athletic fields.

The Golf Course Operations program emphasizes the management of golf course facilities. Students are required to have knowledge of the game of golf and also to intern during the summer between the first and second years at a program-approved golf course. Students also gain extensive experience on the College’s 18-hole golf course.

All four programs afford students opportunities for extensive hands-on experience. Students are also required, with the assistance of their faculty advisor, to enroll as summer interns at various golf courses, athletic field facilities, arboretums, garden centers, and landscape contracting firms.

During the fourth semester, students can take the exam for the State Pesticide Applicator’s License. This is often a required credential in the job market.

Several industry-supported scholarships are available to assist second-year students in continuing their educations at Delhi.

The SUNY Delhi Golf Course is an outstanding recreational and educational facility offering students an opportunity to learn firsthand proper maintenance and turf-management techniques. Delhi has developed a network with over 800 golf courses throughout the Northeast, Southeast, and Mid-Atlantic region to assist Golf Course Operations students with their internships. Internship opportunities vary each year, and a faculty recommendation is required.

Knowledge of the game of golf is a graduation requirement of the Golf Course Operations program. Students can satisfy this requirement by taking PEDH 135 Fundamentals of Golf while enrolled in the program; by demonstrating previous experience, such as participation on a high school golf team; or by qualifying for the SUNY Delhi golf team.

The Golf Course Operations program is designed for seamless transfer into Delhi's Golf Course Management B.B.A. program.

Curriculum

SUNY Curriculum Code:  1063

First Semester

Course No.

Course                                       

Cr. Hrs.

 TURF 100

Orientation to Turf Management 

1

 ENGL 100

Freshman Composition

3

 HORT 120

Introduction to Horticulture 

 3 

 HORT 130

Woody Plant Materials and Use 

 3 

 LARC 110

Drawing and Surveying

3

 MATH ___

Mathematics (by placement) 

 3-4 

 

Total                                                  

16-17

Second Semester

Course No.

Course                                             

Cr. Hrs.

 BIOL 210

Botany

4

 HORT 150

Grounds Equipment/Fleet Management 

3

 HORT 160

Soil Technology

3

 HORT 165

Woody Plants II

1

 LDCT 110

Landscape Construction Principles 

 3 

 TURF 181

Golf Course Internship Prep.

 2 

 

Total                                                  

 16 

Summer Session:  TURF 182 Golf Course Operations Internship 1 cr. hr.

Third Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 COMM 100

Public Speaking

3

 HORT 205

Horticultural Entomology

3

 HORT 206

Plant Pathology

3

 TURF 210

Turf Management I

3

 TURF 230

Weeds and Weed Control

3

 ____ ___

Social Science/Humanities Elective 

 3 

 

Total                                                  

18

Fourth Semester

Course No.

Course

Cr. Hrs.

 HORT 212

Horticultural Chemicals

1

 HORT 220

Shade Tree Maintenance

3

 PEDH 220

First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 

 2 

 PRKM 220

Park and Recreation Management 

 3 

 TURF 240

Advanced Turf Management Practices 

 3 

 TURF 260

Irrigation Design

1

 TURF 262

Irrigation Installation and Maintenance 

 1 

 ____ ___

Social Science Elective

3

 

Total                                                  

17

Degree Requirement: 68 credit hours

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must have a high school diploma and have completed Mathematics Course A and one year of biology (preferably Regents level or equivalent).

Program Objectives

A graduate of the Golf Course Operations A.A.S. program should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of botany. 
  2. Understand and apply the basic principles and terminology used in the care, pruning, growth, propagation, growing media, soil amendments, and fertilization of plants. 
  3. Demonstrate proficiency in the proper identification, terminology, and use of trees, shrubs, and groundcovers used in various Northeast landscapes. 
  4. Exhibit a working knowledge of basic surveying techniques, the proper use of transits and levels, and the necessary drafting and drawing skills to communicate the data collected. 
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the diagnosis, repair, and operation of equipment used on golf courses.
  6. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of soil: its genesis, composition, classification, physical and chemical characteristics, and how to test, correct, and implement proper soil management practices on golf courses. 
  7. Demonstrate knowledge of the construction principles and materials used for decks, fences, patios, walks, and retaining walls. 
  8. Display a thorough practical understanding of the daily operations on a golf course.
  9. Properly identify, select, establish, and maintain major turf grasses used on golf courses.
  10. Properly identify and manage turf pests found on golf courses.
  11. Identify and control major weeds found on golf courses and in the surrounding landscape.
  12. Understand basic concepts in plant pathology and entomology as they relate to turf grass and ornamental plants.
  13. Describe, demonstrate, and apply the basic theories of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices used on golf courses.
  14. Properly identify, select, calibrate, and safely apply pesticides used on golf courses. 
  15. Design, select, install, and maintain irrigation systems on golf courses.
  16. Demonstrate a thorough working knowledge of golf course design, construction, budgeting, mathematics, and management.
  17. Properly select and maintain trees on golf courses.
  18. Demonstrate a thorough knowledge of personnel management, planning, and presentation techniques used on golf courses.
  19. Recognize and respond to emergencies by making appropriate decisions regarding first-aid care.

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Last Updated: 8/3/08