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Old 03-28-2006, 08:56 PM
wagner17 wagner17 is offline
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Breaking into Grounds/Field/Golf

I have been doing lawn and landscape for 6 years and have owned my own business for the past 3. I do this in addition to teaching...makes for a very busy spring and fall! I am looking to stop teaching as my true passion is lawn maintenance. I would like to break into Grounds Maintenance, mainly golf or athletic fields. What is my best route to take?

I currently have a Master's degree+, but am looking at pursuing a certificate in turfgrass. Is this my best first step? I know that I have a lot to learn, but I feel that I am ready for the next step, but am just not sure how to go about it. I am truly envious of those such as Marc and others who work in this field. Any advice would be much welcomed.
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Steve Wagner
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:44 AM
Rtom45 Rtom45 is offline
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Education would be a good place to start. We have a new employee who completed a 2 year degree at Ohio State and it has proven very worthwhile for him.
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:56 AM
MarcSmith MarcSmith is offline
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As a business, dont get your hopes up on getting a golf course, they do that stuff in house. and chances are if you go work for a golf course, you'll be just anorther laborer, but you gotta start somewhere

in regards to fields....I would try to contact the local little leauge and public/private schools who have soccer/football fields and try to get the landscape maintenance contract wich includes the fields.

I woudl reccomend being an employee with a company who has a few fields, or work a for golf course and cut your teeth....Jumping right in to maintaining a field on your own can be a daunting task....

school education is not everything, hands on education, IE "learning by doing" can be more important....

Keep us informed at your progress
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Old 04-21-2006, 08:55 AM
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As a business, dont get your hopes up on getting a golf course, they do that stuff in house. and chances are if you go work for a golf course, you'll be just anorther laborer, but you gotta start somewhere
Actually, here we have the Cal Poly schools that offer golf course superintendent degrees. One of my buddies went through the program about nine years ago. He immediately got a position in Colorado as assistant super and is now with a course south of me as super.
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Old 04-21-2006, 09:14 AM
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^^^ that pretty cool...I think a golf course super is my dream job....But I'm pretty happy were I'm at...
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Old 04-25-2006, 09:33 PM
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You will learn more on the job that any school can teach you. That being said, the good jobs in the golf course industry require a decent education.

I would suggest finding a golf course in your area that is proavtive in most areas. These facilities will teach you the most. An existing layout undergoing remodeling will provide the greatest variety of learning opportunities. This will give you grow in experience and experience in established turf.

When talking to an individual about employment make it perfectly clear that you are career oriented.

Good luck to you.
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