Turf & Golf Course Management at WKU
Western Kentucky University's Turf and Golf Course Management Program was started in the early 1990s with a focus on training golf course mechanics and irrigation technicians. As the popularity of the program increased, it expanded into a full Turf and Golf Course Management program that concentrates on educating turf professionals.
The Charles Taylor Center at the WKU Farm is located adjacent to the 15 acres of turfgrass research. This research area includes two creeping bentgrass putting greens totaling 7,000 sq. ft., two fairways of warm-season grass (Vamont, Quickstand, and Tifway 419 bermudagrass) totaling 3 acres, and two irrigated areas for research totaling 12,000 sq. ft.
Golf-related student internships have included St. Andrews, Augusta National, Valhalla, Pinehurst, Wingfoot, Victoria National, Medinah, Quail Hollow, Olde Stone, Charlotte Country Club, and Denver Country Club. Sports turf-related internships include the Boston Red Sox, Milwaukee Brewers, Tennessee Titans, WKU Athletics, UK Athletics, Louisville Bats, Bowling Green Hot Rods, Nashville Sounds, and Ripken Park.