Golf Course Superintendents Know Their Grass

Hank Kerfoot - Thursday, October 27, 2011

Golf Course Superintendents are in charge of making sure the turf on a golf course is grown properly and maintained to the highest standards. Most of the time, their main responsibilities are the golf course grounds and landscaping. Golf Course Superintendents are experts in the growth and manipulation of the perfect grass turf to create a golf course that is both beautiful and challenging. Golf Course Superintendents usually have certifications or degrees in areas such as landscape management and agronomy. This means that they have a professional understanding about the turf they are growing. They must be experts in the horticulture field and even need to know a vast amount about architecture in order to make the course perfect. They know which types of turf are hearty, which are dense, which varieties can be grow long, etc. They are an essential part of the golf course because without them, the course would not have the challenges it was intended to have.

The turf on a golf course must be tough enough to withstand thousands of rounds of golf per year, yet be breathtakingly beautiful and meticulously maintained. This feat in itself is a huge responsibility and requires the dedication of many full time employees. These employees are also the responsibility of the Golf Course Superintendents. Since many times the superintendent is responsible for more than one golf course, they are generally responsible for the duties of many employees at a time. Golf Course Superintendents teach their employees how to properly care for the course and landscape accordingly.  

Golf Course Superintendents know how to maintain many types of grass. They understand the soil as well as the grass plants so they can make the best possible sod choices for a course. In fact, they may be some of the most knowledgeable grass and sod experts you can find. Few people spend as much of their working career concerned with how grass looks and wears as a Golf Course Superintendent. In fact, if you could consult with a Golf Course Superintendent on your home or business lawn, you’d likely have the best looking grass in town.

Some sod and turf companies even use golf turf superintendents as consultants so that they may offer their customers the best types of sod for their growing environment and teach how to install and maintain the sod properly. The companies can then offer these services to their customers for a fee or give their customers advice if they are willing to care for their lawns themselves.

As you can see, Golf Course Superintendents wear many hats and are experts in many fields. However, when it comes to grass and sod, a golf turf superintendent might be one of the best experts you could find. After all, they do have to maintain some of the most beautiful lawns in the world on a daily basis.

Hank Kerfoot and B. J. Haunert are former golf course superintendents who own and operate Modern Turf, the SE premier sod farm and turf experts. For more information about the type of sod you need for your golf course, landscaping business, sports turf or home, contact today.