Steven L. Rackliffe
Instructor Turfgrass Science
M.S. 1982, The University
Golf Course Management
have been involved in the golf course industry for 30 years. Previous
to joining the University of Connecticut faculty, I was a golf course
superintendent for nineteen years at an eighteen hole private golf
course. While working in the private sector I have undertaken many
1994 - Connecticut Golf Course Superintendent of the Year Award, bestowed by the Connecticut Golf Course Superintendents Association
1996 - Connecticut Wildlife Magazine article featured successful bluebird restoration project
1994 - Golf Course, one of two in Connecticut, to receive Golf Digest Magazines highest state rankings of 3 1/2 stars.
1988 - Golf Course operation featured in the November issue of Turf Magazine
The turfgrass profession is a rapidly changing industry. Today’s
turfgrass managers must be aware of the following: environmental
concerns, labor laws, regulations, advancement of agronomic management
techniques, personnel management, budget preparation and budget
management, new technologies, new products including, pesticides,
fertilizers, cultivars, and grass species.
Actual field experiences coupled with information from the latest
industry research will provide students with a balanced, well-rounded
education needed to become successful turfgrass managers.
can enhance their education by working on projects through independent
studies or by accepting internships. Internships offer students a
valuable learning experience and provide the industry with employees
who are eager to learn about their chosen professions.
Projects and Goals:
As Extension Instructor of Turfgrass Science my job entails working
with the Turfgrass Industry. I hope to provide educational programs for
the turfgrass industries within the state.
I have been involved with the Connecticut Grounds Keepers Association
and the UConn Plant Science Department in establishing a site for the
Grounds Keepers Certified Landscape Technician Testing and Training
As a member of the Connecticut Institute of Water Resources Advisory
Committee, I worked to help develop Best Management Practices for Golf