Course Outline

This course has been designed to meet the increasing demand for high quality turf surfaces in golf and field sports nationally and internationally. Students carry out practical work on the colleges’ sports pitches which include a natural soccer pitch, natural GAA/Rugby pitch and synthetic soccer pitch. Field trips to other sports turf facilities and golf courses are central to the course.  On successful completion of the course students will have gained the knowledge and skills required to maintain golf courses and sports turf facilities.

Graduates of this program are equipped to work or indeed continue their study at limitless turf grass maintenance facilities worldwide.

Course Evaluation

Course work will be evaluated on the basis of written examinations, project work and practical skill.

Course Duration:

This is a one-year, full time course running from September to May.

Entry Requirements:

Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied or equivalent
For mature students these requirements need not apply and applications will be considered based on a proven interest in organic farming.
Entry will be subject to interview.

Course Content

Sports Turf Mechanisation 6N3629

Examines the use of machinery and equipment in the sports turf area, including; selection, set-up, routine maintenance, correct use, storage etc.

Sports Turf Science & Maintenance 6N3622

Equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to manage factors that influence the development, quality and maintenance of sports turf.

Sports Turf Facilities 6N3628

This subject equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to develop, organise and supervise the operation of a sports turf facility.

Ecology & Environment 6N3645

Explores management of the natural environment.

Tree & Shrub Management 6N3624

Investigates species selection, planting, and maintenance of trees and shrubs.

Finance 6N4165

This award equips the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the principles and practice of financial planning, reporting and analysis within an organisation.

Communications 6N1950

Covers verbal and non-verbal communication in relation to the golf and sports turf industry.

Career Opportunities

Greenkeeper, Golf Course Superintendent, Groundsman, Sports Turf Contractor.

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