Generally, golf course superintendents are responsible for overseeing all aspects of maintaining an enjoyable and profitable golf course. They must ensure that all natural areas of the course, from the fairways to the greens and roughs, are healthy and properly maintained, and must also be aware of the general course environment, including ponds, trees, and cart paths. Back in the office, they are heavily involved in hiring and working with golf course personnel.
These superintendents must ensure the health of the golf course's natural assets, which involves working with groundskeeping crew. They must also inspect the course constantly, take soil samples, and note any anomalies. Weather conditions, and adjusting to them accordingly, are very important responsibilities.
Golf course superintendents also help maintain a challenging course for players, and dictate factors such as the length of rough grass or the rotating pin placements on greens; these are especially important if the course is hosting an amateur or professional tournament. These superintendents also interview and employ those who work with greenskeeping staff, and may provide input on wage structure for those positions. Finally, they are in charge of setting and maintaining a budget for the care and maintenance of the course and issuing regular reports to the board of ownership of the facility.
Of course, golf course superintendents are enthusiasts of the sport, but many have also pursued some vocational or university training in horticultural science; a few community colleges and even universities offer degrees in this field. For public safety, some local jurisdictions may require prospective superintendents to be certified in the application of pesticides and fertilizer treatments. Many have previously held groundskeeping jobs to gain practical experience in the field, as well. Most golf course superintendents split their workdays between an office and being out on the golf course to check and monitor natural conditions.
Golf Course Superintendent Tasks
Track inventory and order materials and supplies, checking for proper usage.
Hire, train, and supervise staff in special projects and regular maintenance.
Oversee marketing and outreach strategies to increase customers and bookings.
Oversee schedules and budgets for the golf course.
Work with government and environmental groups.