Central is one of the New Zealand’s favourite playgrounds, and the place to be for those passionate about sports and the outdoors.

Here, you can gain a qualification in Sports Turf Management in Central Otago’s timeless landscape.

Central offers New Zealand’s only full-time sports turf programme, where you’ll learn to manage and maintain golf courses, bowling greens, cricket wickets, rugby, soccer and hockey fields – as well as artificial turf.

Immerse yourself in a comprehensive programme that blends theoretical knowledge with practical ‘hands-on’ experience. Study on-campus, then move into your internship, which means you can earn while you learn at some of New Zealand and Australia’s top golf and stadium venues.

Central’s Sports Turf students are well respected and are in high demand in the industry, with most students being offered full-time positions during their internships.


This programmes is free for domestic students due to the Government's Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund (TTAF) (although you'll still need to pay additional course-related and living costs). 

Level 4 Sports Turf

Location: Central Otago | Start: February | Delivery: Full-time

This is the only full-time Sports Turf programme on offer in New Zealand! Sports Turf professionals are responsible for the management and maintenance of golf courses, cricket wickets, sports fields and artificial turf, among others.



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Living the dream!

Central Sports Turf Management student Bailee Meadows has a passion for cricket and for the science behind creating the perfect wicket. 

While studying at Central, both interests came together for him - “I got to create my own cricket wicket!”

A Ngapuhi “East Coast boy born and bred”, Bailee left school after Year 12 to begin the Sports Turf Management programme. He says "the Cromwell community welcomed me and made me feel very comfortable.” A keen sportsman, he was pleased to meet other like-minded students. And he says the tutors “made the study easier, more enjoyable, and were also extremely helpful."

Bailee is completing an internship at Eden Park in Auckland and has ambitions to travel and work in international stadiums.

“I have big ideas and even bigger dreams, and have no question that Central’s programme has provided me with the skills needed for a successful journey.”