Short Title:Golf Course Design & Managemnt
Full Title:Golf Course Design & Managemnt
Module Code:HTSC H4017
ECTS credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Contributor:Eamon Kealy
Module Description:This module introduces the learner to the basic concepts underlying the development of a golf course and the associated facility. The successful student will have learnt the design and construction principles involved, as well as the management required for the facility.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to
  1. Understand the principles of golf course architecture, management and maintenance.
  2. Analyse a selection of great golf holes and explain their importance.
  3. Explain the role played by a selection of golf course architects, the like of Old Tom Morris, James Braid, Donald Ross, Dr. Alistair Mac Kenzie.
  4. Develop a golf course design, or alternatively analyse one presented to them for coherence.
  5. Design the component features of a course.Enable the construction of a design via construction specification and efficient project management.
  6. Draw up a management and maintenance plan for a golf course.
  7. Set out the required maintenance of a golf course, based on their knowledge of turfgrass.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Golf Course Design and Construction
The principles of golf course design. Planning and environmental implications for golf courses. The construction of Golf courses, including those elements of project management required, drainage issues, specifications for earthmoving and site clearance. Particular construction specifications for golf-course greens. The role of the USGA in Golf course construction. Californian and other construction methods. Growing in a golf green. Design and specification for the construction of a range of golf course features, including • Tee-box • Fairway and rough areas • Bunkers
Golf Course Management and Maintenance
Golf course management including safety statements.The rules of golf that effect course maintenance. Marking the golf course. The maintenance of golf course features including: • Hole changing • Tee-box • Fairway • Bunker
Golf Course Equipment and Facilities
The requirements for equipment in a golf course facility, the development of a suitable inventory, and the specification of such equipment. Ensuring the servicing, care and maintenance of this equipment. Implementing the safe operation of standard turfgrass equipment. Design and operation of a golf maintenance facility.
Agronomic Standards
Standards for greens, collars, tees, fairways, miscellaneous areas, roughs, natural areas, bunkers, water bodies, irrigation,landscaped areas and cart paths.
Safety and Security
Fire safety, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), hazardous equipment, tool safety and training.
Indicative Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work Assessment %30.00%
Final Exam Assessment %70.00%
Course Work Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Presentation Analyse great golf holes by a selection of golf course designers. 1,2,3 10.00 n/a
In-class test Short questions on class material. 1,2,3,6,7 10.00 n/a
Presentation Presentation on golf course design. 4,5 10.00 n/a
Final Exam Assessment %
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 70.00 End-of-Semester
Indicative Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

ITB reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Indicative Module Workload & Resources

Indicative Workload: Full Time
Frequency Indicative Average Weekly Learner Workload
Every Week 2.00
Every Week 2.00
Recommended Book Resources
  • James B Beard, Turf Management for Golf Courses, 2nd Edition [ISBN: 1575040921]
  • Nick Christians 2004, Fundamentals of turfgrass management, John Wiley Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 0471454788]
  • Nick E. Christians, Michael L. Agnew 2008, The mathematics of turfgrass maintenance, Wiley Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 978-0470048450]
  • Ben Crenshaw, Anatomy of a Golf Course The Art of Golf Architecture [ISBN: 1580800718]
  • Michael J. Hurdzan 2006, Golf course architecture, J. Wiley & Sons Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 0471465313]
  • by Michael J. Hurdzan 2004, Golf greens, J. Wiley & Sons Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 0471459453]
  • A. J. Turgeon 2008, Turfgrass management, Pearson/Prentice Hall Upper Saddle River, N.J. [ISBN: 0132236168]
  • J. M. Vargas Jr 2005, Management of turfgrass diseases, J. Wiley Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 0471474118]
  • John Piersol, Harry V. Smith,, Turf Maintenance Facility Design and Management [ISBN: 978-0-470-08105-1]
  • Edward Pira, A Guide to Golf Course Irrigation System Design and Drainage [ISBN: 978-1-57504-030-1]
  • Robert Muir Graves, Geoffrey Cornish 2002, Classic golf hole design, Wiley New York [ISBN: 978-0471413721]
  • Forrest L. Richardson; foreword by Peter Oosterhuis 2002, Routing the golf course, Wiley Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 978-0471434801]
  • Keith McIntyre, Bent Jakobsen,, Practical Drainage for Golf, Sportsturf and Horticulture [ISBN: 978-1-57504-139-1]
  • Gary Libby, Donald F. Harker, Kay Harker; with contributions from Jean Mackay 2004, Managing wetlands on golf courses, John Wiley & Sons Hoboken, N.J. [ISBN: 978-0-471-47273-5]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
BN_SHTSC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [240 ECTS credits] 8 Elective
BN_SHTSC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Horticulture [Add on 60 ECTS credits] 2 Elective