Jun 25, 2019
AGH 245 - Golf Course & Sports Turf Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 2
Lab Hours: 2
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Voc/Tech
Introduction to the management of turfgrass played upon by a variety of sports contests. Students will study the sport, site selection and preparation, turf grass species selection, establishment and maintenance of the field. Pre-competition practices of field layout along with post-competition practices of repair and field recovery will be discussed.
Prerequisite: AGH 112
- Give examples of the different sports that may be played on natural grass surfaces.
- Name non-contact sports that may be played on natural grass surfaces.
- List contact sports that may be played on natural grass surfaces.
- State any additional sports that may be played on natural grass surfaces.
- Analyze the types of soils or rooting medias that might be used for a sports surface
- Classify native soils present at a sports surface site.
- List the amendments that might be used to modify a native soil.
- Identify alternative “soil less” media mixes that might be used to replace a native soil.
- Discuss soil and water relationships in terms of porosity, permeability, and holding capacities.
- Explain soil and plant relationships in terms of rooting depth and available moisture.
- Evaluate different grasses used in golf courses and sports arenas
- Name the different species of grasses that may be used to establish a playing surface.
- List the pros and cons of both rhizomatous and stoloniferous grasses.
- Identify the qualities of bunch type turf grasses for playing surface use.
- Discuss the benefits and drawbacks of a mixture of either rhizomatous, stoloniferous, and bunch grass mixtures for playing surface use.
- Choose the maintenance practices that should be used to maintain a playing surface
- Identify variations in mowing height in relation to rooting depth.
- Discuss irrigation requirements in relation to turf grass species, mowing height, and rooting media.
- Summarize fertilization practices favorable to desired playing surface appearance and the likely related need for pesticide applications.
- Explain the use of aeration practices in the maintenance of a favorable rooting environment.
- Outline the pre-game practices that would be followed for the preparation of a field prior to play
- List the equipment and materials needed to paint or mark a filed prior to play.
- Identify variations in mowing heights in relation to turf grass species and level of play.
- Discuss irrigation timing in relation to the time of the content and anticipated surface quality.
- Describe the use of field covers in anticipation of undesirable weather events and subsequent field condition at playing time.
- Outline the post-game practices that would be followed after play.
- List repair options that may be used based on the amount of damage to the playing surface following play.
- Identify maintenance practices that might be used to enhance repair options.
- Discuss the factors used to determine the need for playing surface replacement.
- Examine seasonal workflow and scheduling patterns for athletic fields.
- Illustrate end of season practices used to reinvigorate turf playing surfaces for the following season.
- Create time tables to accomplish maintenance tasks.
- Discuss non-competitive pressures and their complications.
- Compare and contrast the use of different products used to maintain field surfaces for athletic fields.
- Identify marking products, plant growth regulators, fertilizers, etc used in athletic field maintenance.
- List the advantages and disadvantages of various products.
- Distinguish turf plant responses to various products.
- Differentiate between management of synthetic and natural turf
- Indentify differences in rooting medias.
- Determine differences in maintenance.
- Summarize advantages and disadvantages of natural and artificial turf.
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