Turf Management

Turf Management offers training for a wide variety of industries from golf courses to sports fields to parks departments with a focus on environmental awareness and appreciation. The study of turf management includes: turfgrass application, installation and management; equipment operation and maintenance; and irrigation system installation. Students in this program have the unique opportunity to participate in a work experience in spring and summer quarters of the program providing them relevant hands-on and field experience to prepare for the industry. Many courses are offered via distance delivery and the variety of courses offered provides students the option of a transfer to WSU & OSU four-year Turf Management programs. The Turf Management curriculum is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.

Career Opportunities

    • Assistant Golf Course Superintendents
    • Assistant Sports Turf Managers
    • Landscape Maintenance and Construction Crew Supervisors
    • Parks Department Grounds Keepers
    • School District Grounds Keepers
    • Turf Technicians


Gwen Stahnke

Phone: (509) 527-4225

Walla Walla Campus 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA 99362


To provide comprehensive technical programs and career training to improve the lives and livelihood of qualified and willing students in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Program Outcomes

  • To provide a variety of courses in order to prepare students' for careers in turf management.
  • To provide students with a variety of courses that allow them to transfer to the WSU four year Turf Management Program with academic skills needed to succeed in upper division work.
  • Provide relevant training through hands-on and field experience to prepare the students for industry.
  • To encourage students to explore and develop critical thinking and creative thinking.
  • To help students develop and perfect communication skills.
  • To assist students in understanding, and using the concepts of each course.
  • To develop increased environmental awareness and appreciation.
  • To help students develop and perfect the most efficient use of natural resources.