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Programme Description

This 1-year course takes learners through every aspect require to be a successful Golf Course Superintendent, one of the highest paid positions in the golf industry. 

Performance Development Programme

Students improve their playing skills under guidance of a qualified TGSE Coach.  Students receive 40 coaching sessions per year, regular evaluations and individual practice plans.  The coaches use state of the art technology such as Focusband, Flightscope and CoachNow to assist with the skills and technical learning.

Practical Learning

The learning process includes a large practical element to compliment the theory. Students will receive invaluable practical experience at one or more of our partner golf courses, typically two days per week or more at key maintenance periods of the year.

TGSE graduate Jerry Steyn at the Joburg Open

TGSE graduate Jerry Steyn at the Joburg Open

Academic Component

Topics covered include:

  • Grasses species and plant identification
  • Soil types 
  • Fertilising
  • Golf course irrigation and drainage
  • Mowing 
  • Pest control 
  • Equipment and maintenance 
  • Workshop safety 
  • Golf course design and construction
  • Golf course management 
  • Putting green maintenance 
  • Maintaining bunkers 
  • Golf course marking and tournament preparation
  • Budgeting
  • Managing health and safety systems

Who Should Apply?

Golfers who want to pursue a career in Greenkeeping, Golf Course Management or Golf Course Construction, whilst still improving their playing ability.


In a 40 week programme (4 cycles of 10 weeks), students will need to complete a minimum of 1000 “practical hours”. This is achieved by working at least 2 full days a week on the golf course and completing 6 hours of academic work a week (half of which will be supervised learning).

We recommend that students also take the “playing” option, which includes our internal tournament schedule and membership at Bellville Golf Club.

Graduate Employment 

Our Greenkeeping graduates have been employed at top courses such as Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Pecanwood Estate, Irene CC, Houghton GC, Steyn City and Golf Data amongst others. Graduates join our exclusive Alumni Club and receive regular job opportunities from around the world. 

Enrolment Requirements

  • Matriculation Certificate or equivalent
  • Interview with Programme Director


The qualification (National Certificate in Sports Turf) sits at an NQF Level 4 and is recognized by the Golf Course Managers and Greenkeepers Association (GCMGA).


Private Mental Coaching Sessions R5, 695 / 10 sessions
Private Golf Fitness Training R4, 400 / 10 sessions
Membership at Bellville Golf Club including unlimited golf R7, 000 (Excl. Handicap & Affiliation fees)
TGSE Golf Tournament Schedule (48 events, excl. membership and/or green fees)  R20, 000

Payment Policy and Options:

  • Total fees of R58, 000 is payable to TGSE for 2021 academy year. 
  • R8, 000 non-refundable initial payment secures place, which will be deducted off total fees of R58, 000, 
  • Upfront payment: Pay full fees before 10 January 2021 for 5% discount. Discounted price is not applicable on credit card payments. Make upfront payment before 10 January 2021 for discounted price R47, 100 (This excludes R8, 000 initial payment paid). 
  • Payment Plan: 25% payment of R12, 500 due & payable on or before 10 January 2020.  Balance payable via monthly debit order over 10 months from 01 February to 01 November at R3, 750.00 per month (Valid for South African bank accounts ONLY).