Study Sports Turf Management, or Groundskeeping, at Otago Polytechnic and get the knowledge and experience to work on a range of top sporting landscapes around the globe.


A Sports Turf qualification from Otago Polytechnic will provide you with the technical and functional knowledge you need to manage and maintain golf courses, bowling greens, cricket wickets rugby, soccer, and hockey fields, as well as artificial turf.

We offer New Zealand’s only full-time Sports Turf programme and have a specialist outdoor training area. You’ll learn the theory behind turf and look after playing grounds for a range of different sports. With a focus on work experience, you’ll earn as you learn, gaining the practical skills you need while making important industry contacts for your future. 

Find out more about the lesser-known facts about the study area here

Groundskeeping qualifications


This programme will take you through technical skills such as soil science, plant biology, machinery maintenance, irrigation and drainage, construction and surveying, supervision of staff and financial planning. Study at our Central Otago Campus, then complete a paid, practical internship at one of New Zealand’s top golf or stadium venues.


18 Months Full-time


On campus



Career potential

Greenskeeper, Grounds Manager, Sports Turf Manager

Study in Central Otago

Study in Central Otago

Study at our Cromwell campus and our specialist outdoor training area and golf course.

Contact us

If you’re not sure what to study and would like some guidance, we’re here to help. Feel free to chat to us directly about any questions you may have.