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College Catalog Fall 2013 - Spring 2014
Golf Course Operations - AAS

The Instructional Program

The College offers four distinct programs in the golf and plant sciences field, which gives students the opportunity to specialize. Students choose one of the following programs: Horticulture; Landscape Design and Management; 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 Design and Management 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 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.  Students 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 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 education 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 regions 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. degree program.

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission




SUNY Curriculum Code:  1063

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.

Technical Standards:  In addition to academic requirements, all applicants must also be able to meet the Technical Standards for the program, with or without reasonable accommodations.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 68 

Major Courses Required = 49 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
HORT 120 Introduction to Horticulture 3
HORT 130  Woody Plant Materials and Use 3
HORT 150  Grounds Equipment/Fleet Management 3
HORT 160  Soil Technology 3
HORT 165 Woody Plants II 1
HORT 205 Horticultural Entomology 3
HORT 206  Plant Pathology 3
HORT 212  Horticultural Chemicals 1
HORT 220  Ornamental Tree and Shrub Maintenance 3
LARC 110 Drawing and Surveying 3
LDCT 110 Landscape Construction Principles 
PEDH 220  First Aid: Responding to Emergencies 2
PRKM 220  Park and Recreation Management 3
TURF 100 Orientation to Turf Management 1
TURF 181 Golf Course Internship Preparation 2
TURF 182  Golf Course Operations Internship 1
TURF 210 Turf Management I 3
TURF 230  Weeds and Weed Control 3
TURF 240  Advanced Turf Management Practices  3
TURF 264  Irrigation: Water Management and Conservation 2

 General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required = 19 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
BIOL 210  Botany 4
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition or Advanced Composition1 3
MATH ___ Mathematics2 3-4
  Social Science Elective 3
  Social Science/Humanities Elective 3


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Mathematics is by advisement.

Student Learning Outcomes

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: 5/3/13