Golf and Sports Turf Management

Two-Year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) Degree

Learn to build and maintain some of the nation’s most beautiful grounds and athletic surfaces!

Our associate degree in Golf and Sports Turf Management prepares you to install and maintain beautiful, functional turf surfaces at golf courses, athletic fields, stadiums, and other venues. You’ll combine classroom knowledge with plenty of hands-on experience needed for excellent employment opportunities in the thriving turfgrass industry.

If you love being outside and working with your hands, this program is a great fit for you! Our coursework covers horticultural practices, grounds and fleet management, weed and pest control, economics, arboriculture, water management and conservation, and much more. You will also benefit from many internships and work opportunities.

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The Delhi Difference

  • Our graduates have enjoyed 100% job placement for the past 10 years! 
  • Enjoy learning on one of the premier college-owned 18-hole golf courses in the country. We are the only turf program in New York State with our own course! Our 625-acre campus and athletic fields allow additional hands-on learning opportunities.
  • Other on-campus facilities include a landscape design studio, computer labs with the latest software, a tree and shrub nursery, greenhouses, and an equipment repair lab in the Turf Education Center.
  • Get the professional experience you need with a paid internship and local service-learning projects. Recent internship locations include Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA, Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, NY, and the MLB Little League Classic in Williamsport, PA. 
  • In our special projects class, you’ll participate in annual projects in the community, such as improving sports fields for the local high school or expanding greens and re-building bunkers at the college golf course.
  • Our turfgrass equipment vendor agreements allow you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with the latest machinery and technologies. 
  • Apply for scholarships from industry organizations like the New York State Turfgrass Association, National Association of Landscape Professionals, NYS Nursery and Landscape Association and others, with assistance from your professors. 
  • Bond with your peers and enrich your studies by participating in student clubs such as the Turf Club and the Horticulture Club, allowing you to attend competitions and conferences and build your professional network.
  • You can transfer seamlessly into our bachelor’s degree in Golf and Sports Turf Management to learn the skills needed for management-level work. 

Student inspecting plumbing in ground Explore Experiences of a lifetime

Delhi gave me the skills that I needed to understand the turf industry and gave me help getting my foot out into the business world.

Nick McArthur ’06 – Irrigation Sales & Service Manager at Grassland Equipment & Irrigation, Latham, NY

What Can You Do With This Degree?

  • Golf course superintendent or assistant superintendent
  • Athletic field manager
  • Golf course design/construction manager
  • Grounds manager for any commercial or private campus/property
  • Turfgrass sod & seed producer
  • Irrigation technician
  • Pest management specialist

Alumni Highlights

  • Tyler Spry 18 Assistant Groundskeeper, BB&T Ballpark, Williamsport, PA
  • Michael Ford 10 Assistant Golf Course Superintendent, Shinnecock Hills Golf Course, Southampton, NY
  • Casey Underwood 11 Assistant Superintendent, Victoria National Golf Club, Newburgh, IN
  • Aaron Crouse 10 Golf Course Superintendent, Westchester Country Club, Rye, NY
  • Vince DiStefano ’92 – Superintendent, Musket Ridge Golf Club, Myersville, MD   

  • Tom Leahy ’93 – Director of the NYS Turfgrass Association & Grounds Superintendent, Sleepy Hollow Country Club, Briarcliff Manor, NY
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Office of Admissions

118 Bush Hall