What is Turf Management?

TurfCareerCultivate your career with the science of managing turf and the art of managing people and organizations. Practical skills, valued credentials, and new career insights and opportunities await you. The Turf Management option prepares undergraduates for challenging careers in turfgrass management or advanced studies in turfgrass science.

A strong foundation in basic sciences, plant sciences, communications, mathematics and humanities provides a well-rounded education and prepares students to solve problems creatively. Nearly 100 percent of graduating turfgrass specialists, at OSU and nationwide, accept positions in the turfgrass industry upon graduation. Video: Why Horticulture with a Turfgrass Option?

Degree Program

The multi-disciplinary, nationally-respected turfgrass program provides a well-rounded education, and prepares students to solve problems creatively. Get hands-on training at our turfgrass research center on the edge of campus, then polish your skills with an internship experience. Students may choose courses that lead to a built-in minor in Soil Science while completing this option. 

Graduate Programs

Alumni Spotlight—Kyle Waters, Bachelor of Science in Horticulture, 2003
A former Stillwater resident and horticulture student, Kyle Waters, is the Assistant General Manager for the Stub Hub Center home of the LA Galaxy soccer club. The LA Galaxy soccer club is a 250-acre multi-sports facility in Carson, California.

Careers for Turf Management Graduates

  • Golf Course Management
  • Sod Production
  • Sports Turf Management
  • Municipal Grounds Management
  • Equipment Sales
  • Roadside Management
  • Fertilizer and Chemical Sales
  • Lawn Care 


In addition to University and College of Agriculture scholarships the Department awards approximately $80,000 in scholarships each year and some of those scholarships are geared specifically for Public Horticulture students.

To be eligible for Departmental scholarships students must complete the College of Agriculture scholarship form.

    Kyle's Story:

    Dave Matthews Band, X-Games, Los Angeles Galaxy, San Diego Chargers, Mia Hamm and the Olympic soccer teams: Do any of these names ring a bell?

    These are a few of the events and people who come to the Home Deport Center in Carson, California, and Kyle Waters gets to see them all. Kyle is the head grounds and turf superintendent of the 125 acre facility that is home to the professional soccer team the Los Angeles Galaxy and the U.S. Soccer Federation. The center has also been designated an "Official U.S. Olympic Training Site" and has had the women and men's Olympic soccer teams playing there.

    As head grounds and turf superintendent, Kyle is in charge of the main stadium field; 12 other soccer fields designated for Olympic teams to play on,; and soccer fields for the California State University team. He cares for 30 acres of sports turf, 20 acres of ornamental grounds, 6 to 8 acres of flowers and 300 to 500 trees.

    What Kyle likes most about his job are the challenges. He schedules grounds care around the center's events and requires an flexible attitude to adjust to the changes. He is also proud of maintaining Olympic quality fields within his budget.

    For students interested in a job like his, Kyle recommends they take several internships in a variety of locations. Kyle gained hands-on experience when he was the head groundskeeper for the OSU baseball team for four years and, later, the turf coordinator for eight months. He also learned a lot through his classes, like plant identification courses and turf physiology. During an interview, Kyle was required to take a plant identification quiz, so he highly recommends students take advantage of classes and professors during their time at OSU.

    If this profile gives you grounds for an interest in Turf Management, then the Horticulture and Landscape Architecture Department is for you.

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