contact information:

Steven L. Rackliffe, CGCS
Assistant Extension Professor, Turfgrass Science

University of Connecticut
Department of Plant Science
1376 Storrs Road, U-4067
Storrs, CT 06269

Office Location: 135 W.B. Young Building
Telephone: (860) 486-1944
Fax: (860) 486-0682
e-mail: steven.rackliffe@uconn.edu

Complete CV

M.S. 1982, The University of Massachusetts
B.S. 1979, The University of Massachusetts
A.S. 1977, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Courses Taught:

Golf Course Management
Principles of Turfgrass Irrigation and Drainage Systems
Turfgrass Pests and Their Control
Professional Development for the Turfgrass Industry

Industry Experience:

I have been involved in the golf course industry for 30 years. Prior 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 projects. Including:

  • involvement with the design and installation of a complete irrigation system for an 18 hole golf course.
  • design and construction of golf tees and bunkers.
  • complete renovation of fairways, tees, and greens
  • implementation of a golf course beautification projects
  • design and installation of extensive drainage systems
  • design and construction of golf cart paths.
  • development of equipment depreciation and replacement schedules.
  • implementation of various wildlife projects throughout the golf course.
Teaching philosophy:

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.

Students 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.

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