Many classes in the turf management curriculum include field trips to golf courses, parks, and athletic fields. We draw from the top practitioners in the Pacific Northwest to bring you guest speakers who share their experience and knowledge from real world settings. In recent years, speakers have come from the Seattle Seahawks, Seattle Mariners, Bandon Dunes Golf Course, Pronghorn, and Tualatin Country Club, among many others.
Our courses tackle contemporary, real-world issues and include hands-on labs, diagnostics, and practical construction experience.
In the turf management program, you will have the opportunity to intern at virtually any place in the world. We have had students at St. Andrews, Augusta, Pebble Beach, throughout the Southwest, on the East Coast, and at most of the top clubs throughout the Pacific Northwest. Others have worked all over the United States at minor league and major league ballparks and a variety of college and professional football facilities.
Poa annua management strategies, new turf cultivars, alternative plant materials for low-input lawns, establishment procedures, techniques to reduce water and pesticide use, the latest turf equipment, and disease resistant species are just some of the topics our faculty specialize in.
Turf students come from all over Oregon, the United States and many other parts of the world. Some students began their studies at community colleges, while others return to school for a new career.