The Master in “Technical management and design of sports and ornamental turf”, which is the first university course in Italy to deal with turf at 360°, ended in December with the discussion of the final theses.
The course started in January with a general session and went on in May with a special session, divided into three addresses: Golf, Sports fields and Ornamental.
All the topics were covered: natural turf maintenance (cutting, cultivation, fertilization, pests management, irrigation practices), mechanics, synthetic turf, design, planning and economic management and environmental sustainability.
Included on the education plan, despite the problems produced by the pandemia, the 25 students had the possibility to attend several technical visits at important golf courses, at the major Serie A stadiums, at rugby fields and at historic parks of national importance.
The turf education programs in Italy have therefore been enriched with a new training offer, up to now mainly made up of the Courses for Superintendent organized since 1989 by the Green Section of the Italian Golf Federation. It is not a coincidence that the Agronomists of the Green Section are among the organizers and teachers of the Master, in collaboration with the University of Bologna and the Agronomist of C.O.N.I. (Italian Olympic Committee) and Lega Calcio.
The patronage granted by the major organizations in the sector testifies the need and the importance of qualified technicians.
The Master was supported by Cassa di Risparmio di Imola Foundation and leading companies in the sector such as Rappo, John Deere, Toro Pratoverde, Scarabelli Irrigazione, Gervasini and Clai.
Thanks to the great success of the first edition, the University of Bologna Academic Council has approved a Second edition of the Master for the next year.
The start is scheduled for May 2022 and a maximum number of 30 participants will be admitted. The lessons will be held also in web mode.
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