Sport Turf Management, a golfers perfect programme

Taine Reynish - Sports Turf Management


I love my golf and all other sports like cricket and rugby. I just love being outdoors.

Central student Taine Reynish loves all things golf, cricket and rugby. Which is partly the reason why he decided to study Sports Turf Management at Otago Polytechnic.

"It's the only sports turf course in New Zealand, unless you want to do an apprenticeship. I enjoy golf and thought that one day I could work at a top golf course in New Zealand"

However, Sports Turf Management wasn’t always an obvious path for Taine.


"I didn’t really know what I was going to study until I saw a Sports Turf worker on the cricket. I did some research and contacted John Prunnell (Sports Turf programme co-ordinator and lecturer). We had a yarn and I applied a couple of days later." Now, six months into his course, Taine has a summer job as a greenskeeper at Millbrook Golf Course in Arrowtown, where he'll soon work the New Zealand Open.


The best part of the job?

"Just working in the outdoors with awesome scenery and watching golf as you work." His love for golf goes hand-in-hand with his practical studies, which involve caring for the six-hole course at our Central Campus.

"Throughout the year you pretty much get to look after the course – everything from mowing, to fertilizing and irrigation repairs.

Another bonus of his choice of study is travel. Part of his studies involved traveling around Queenstown and having a look at the top golf courses and visiting Christchurch to attend a few big turf venues.

“The course opens up a lot of opportunities all over New Zealand and the world, and you learn so much with good tutors."


Taine Reynish - Sports Turf Management