Course Number and Title: AGS 123 Turfgrass Maintenance Practices
This course is an introduction to identification, cultivation, and maintenance of turfgrasses. Students are introduced to practices used to maintain golf courses, school facilities, parks, and athletic fields.
- Discuss the diversity and importance of the turfgrass industry.(CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC: LOH 5; TMT 5)
- Study the maintenance needs for existing turfgrass areas. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC: LOH 1, 4, 5; TMT 1, 3, 6)
- Discuss and perform the distinctive functions used on golf courses and sports fields: soil sampling, material equipment selection, field inspections, and preparing a field for play. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC: LOH 1, 4, 5, 6 ; TMT 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
- Identify and operate tools and equipment needed for the turfgrass industry. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC: LOH 1; TMT 2, 4 )
- Create a stencil for use on a sports field or golf course. (CCC 1, 2, 5; PGC: LOH 6; TMT 6)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Discuss the diversity and importance of the turfgrass industry.
- Explain the role of turfgrasses.
- Describe the history of the turfgrass industry.
- Discuss why turfgrasses have become the most widely used ornamental plants in the United States.
- Describe career opportunities in the turfgrass industry.
- Identify the skills needed by a turfgrass manager.
- Study the maintenance needs for existing turfgrass areas.
- Describe how to renovate a declining stand of turfgrass.
- Explain what methods can be used to establish turfgrasses.
- Explain why mowing is the most fundamental practice in turfgrass culture.
- Discuss what factors determine the best cutting heights for turfgrasses.
- Explain the advantages of reel and rotary mowers.
- Practice the correct cutting heights for turfgrass species and cultivars.
- Discuss and perform the distinctive functions used on golf courses and sports fields: soil sampling, material equipment selection, field inspections, and preparing a field for play.
- Explain how the new turfgrass site should be prepared for planting.
- Discuss when to establish cool and warm season grasses.
- Interpret the information on a seed label.
- Demonstrate four methods of turfgrass establishment: seeding, sodding, sprigging, and plugging.
- Identify equipment most suitable for turfgrass establishment and maintenance.
- Describe how the new planting should be cared for until the turfgrass is well established.
- Demonstrate methods of establishing turfgrass seed and turfgrass sod.
- Identify and operate tools and equipment needed for the turfgrass industry.
- Select and operate equipment needed for greens maintenance.
- Perform various functions related to the care and maintenance of golf courses and sports fields.
- Identify and introduce methods of safe and proper handling of turf equipment.
- Create a stencil for use on a sports field or golf course.
- Discuss plans needed for construction of a stencil used for sports fields, and apply methods for construction.
- Design and build a stencil for football field layout.
- Design and build a stencil for a baseball and softball field layout.
- Design and build stencils needed for directional information on a golf course.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
Calculated using the following weighted average
Percentage of final grade
Exams (4-6) (summative) (equally weighted)
Project/Serial Problems (Summative) (equally weighted)
Formative Assessments (Assignments/Activities/Quizzes)
Labs (10-12) (summative) (equally weighted)
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Safely operate landscape equipment.
- Demonstrate basic greenhouse management functions to include environmental controls, scheduling, production, pest control, nutrient management, and marketing of floriculture crops.
- Demonstrate effective customer service skills for horticulture business success.
- Apply business principles and strategies to the landscape and ornamental horticulture industries.
- Explain the importance of soil and water management to the landscape and ornamental horticulture industries.
- Design and install a finished landscape plan.
- Select preventive maintenance programs for greens, fairways, and equipment.
- Apply basic installation techniques for irrigation systems.
- Explain the importance of soil and water management to the turfgrass management industry.
- Safely operate turf equipment.
- Apply business principles and strategies to the turfgrass industry.
- Cultivate and maintain golf course landscapes.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.