agr3tcd turf construction and drainage



Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject, students will learn about design elements as they relate to turf construction, from simple run-off and contouring principles through to the construction of new sand-based surfaces. Students will also learn about the testing and selection of construction materials including rootzone sand and gravels. The integration and application of theory with practice will allow students to undertake, review and critically analyse laboratory tests of sands and gravels as they relate to turf construction. After completion ofthe subject, students will be able to assess a given scenario involving turfed areas and provide remedial modifications to improve turf integrity.

SchoolSchool of Life Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorPenelope Smith

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites AGR1TM2 and must be admitted into SBATE


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsDrainage for Sportsturf and HorticulturePrescribedMcIntyre,K. & Jakobsen, B. (1990)Horticultural Engineering Consultancy, ACT
ReadingsThe USGA Specification for Putting Green ConstructionPrescribedUSGA, NJUnited States Golf Association, NJ

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply problem solving and critical thinking skills to design remedial drainage of existing fields, and for sand-based constructions

Theory covered in lectures, equipment competency taught in practical sessions

02. Compare, justify and explain use of suitable root zone and gravel materials for turf construction projects

Lectures, workshops and practicals on turf construction methodologies

03. Apply computer aided design and surveying technologies to design drainage and construction schemes

Theory covered in lectures, equipment competency taught in practical sessions

04. Select appropriate materials to use for drainage and construction projects and be able to calculate accurate quantities to use

Practical sessions

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