Applied Turfgrass Physiology

This introductory-level course teaches turfgrass physiology from the basics to application on the golf course. The course begins with an overview of turfgrass physiology, including carbohydrate metabolism, plant water balance and plant nutrition. It then progresses through the effects of environmental stresses, such as freezing, drought and shade on turfgrass; then proceeds to the effects of mowing, irrigation, fertilization, cultivation practices and use of plant growth regulators on turfgrass.

This online course features interactive learning reviews that provide instant feedback and reinforce learning. Images and illustrations are used to explain complex subject matter. You should expect to spend about four hours to complete the full course, including all seven exams.

Course modules

This course contains seven chapters, each featuring a chapter outline, learning objectives, reading materials, interactive reviews, and photos and illustrations. There’s no need to complete the course in one sitting. You work independently and progress to the next chapter when you’re ready. At the end of each chapter, you'll link to the online exam for that chapter. Education points will be processed upon successful completion of all exams.

Chapter 1: Overview of Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 2: Physiological Responses to Environmental Stress
Chapter 3: Mowing and Applied Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 4: Irrigation and Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 5: Fertilization and Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 6: Cultivation Practices and Turfgrass Physiology
Chapter 7: Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) and Turfgrass Physiology

Target audience

Who should take this course: golf course superintendents, technicians, agronomy and horticulture students, grounds managers, turf industry professionals or anyone who works with or needs to understand turfgrass.

Created with:

Jack Fry, Ph.D., Kansas State University, and Bingru Huang, Ph.D., Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey

Course details

Member price: $80
Non-member price: $120
Education points: 0.4
Code #: 359-2-07SS

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Applied Turfgrass Physiology is also available as a CD course.

Three ways to order:

  • Online: Click "Order Now" and follow prompts. You'll be emailed access to the online course right away.
  • By fax: Return the fax order form
  • By phone: Call GCSAA at -800- 472-7878

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