The Turfgrass Academy of South Africa offers various study options for golf course maintenance staff.

Our flagship program was rolled out across South Africa in 2017 and has been welcomed by the golf course industry as a whole. This 2-year course provides superintendents and assistant superintendents with great supportive knowledge to help them fine-tune the skills that they use every day. To read more about this program scroll down to the heading: "Our 2-year Golf Course Maintenance Certificate"

New to our prospectus this year are 1-day workshops that are aimed at educating and empowering general green-keeping staff. These workshops were rolled out in the Garden Route earlier this year and cover topics such as;  

  • The role of maintenance staff in the game of golf,  
  • supervisory responsibilities for upcoming leaders.
  • Understanding Turfgrass (What grows where - and why!)
  • The purpose of Secondary Cultural Practices

From this year we will also be offering some of our modules as short courses. This will allow students to gain credits in specific areas of study such as turf nutrition, fertilization, pesticide safety & compliance, and irrigation. These are ideal for staff who hold specialist positions on golf courses and would like to extend their knowledge and skills.

For more information on these short courses and workshops please email us or give us a call. Alternatively fill in the contact sheet on the contact page. We are proud of this exciting new chapter and look forward to extending the workshops to more regions across South Africa as the demand increases.

Our 2-year Golf Course Maintenance Certificate

The Turfgrass Academy of South Africa offers a 2-year certificate in Golf Course Maintenance.

This certificate program is designed to equip Golf Course Superintendents & Assistants with a range of specialist skills that are specific to their jobs.

Training is done via correspondence with compulsory contact sessions held for two days at the end of each academic year. During these contact sessions students will partake in practical assessments and write exams.

During the course trainees will:

  • Develop a better understanding of the game of golf and how their job plays an intricate & fundamental role in the game

  • Learn about various species of turfgrass & the climates to which they are most suited

  • Learn about plant nutrition & the various aspects of fertilization

  • Discover how water is the life line of the golf course & how to manage it efficiently

  • Investigate the art of mowing & learn how to guide their staff to mow & manicure the turf perfectly

  • Learn about secondary cultural practices & the importance of each

  • Develop a thorough understanding of pests, pest control & the management of pesticides

  • Learn about machine maintenance & how to manage the workshop efficiently

  • Learn how to manage a budget and be a cost effective administrator

Applications & Costs

We have various intake times throughout the year.

Registration is open during August & September 2019 for the next intake of students. Students who enroll during this intake will receive their study material during October 2019

The full course costs R30 000.00. This is payable as R15 000.00 at the start of each academic year. To discuss a monthly payment option please contact us directly.

CMASA proudly supports the Turfgrass Academy of South Africa’s training. CMASA member clubs receive a 10% discount on the 2-year Golf Course Maintenance program. 
For more information please click here.

In order to apply for enrolment in the 2-year Golf Course Maintenance Certificate program a person needs to:

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Be currently employed in Golf Course Maintenance; or
  • Be available to spend a few weeks each semester shadowing Golf Course Maintenance staff in order to complete practical modules
  • Have access to a tablet or laptop with an internet connection
  • Be available for a workshop at the end of each academic year in either Durban, Pretoria or Cape Town
  • Speak, read & write English proficiently

We recognize that there are many people currently working on golf courses in South Africa who would thrive if given the opportunity to do this course but who may not have completed high school. For this reason, it is not a prerequisite that applicants have a matric certificate.