The African Turf Academy headquarters are situated at the Silver Lakes Golf Academy facility in the Silver Lakes Golf Estate in Pretoria South Africa. African Turf Academy offers world class sports turf management training solutions.
African Turf Academy provides the only internationally recognised greenkeeping qualifications in Africa and our programmes are designed for those who are passionate about the understanding of managing a golf course and sports fields in general.
With a growing international presence, African Turf Academy graduates proudly bring expertise, knowledge, hard work and passion wherever they operate.
We have now opened up our qualifications so they are available online and we hope you enjoy your journey studying with us with the African Turf Academy online courses.
Here are some of the golf courses in our network we helped our students to gain experience and eventually work at:
- Bay Hill Club, Orlando, USA
- Shinnecock Hills, New York, USA
- Parys Golf Estate, Parys, RSA
- Pebble Rock Golf Estate, Pretoria, RSA
- Silver Lakes Golf Estate, Pretoria, RSA
- Tower Links Golf Club, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
- Gleneagles Golf Resort, Scotland, UK
- Royal & Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, Scotland, UK
What Our Students Say
Kifentse Nukeri - Class of 2018 & 2019
"I'm from a very humble family background and my experience at African Turf Academy really changed my mindset that I can help my family and I succeed in life. I would like to thank Andrew McKenna, Derek Daly and everyone at African Turf Academy, including the opportunities I had with the R&A, Sports & Recreation and the Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation!"
Willem van der Merwe - Class of 2018 & 2019
"I learnt so much at African Turf Academy, I highly recommend it to anyone. I am now very well prepared for my role at Silver Lakes Golf Estate. My experience also gave me the confidence to apply for opportunities in the United States with one of African Turf Academy's partners."
Golf Course Maintenance
Lays the foundation of knowledge of the most common maintenance practices carried out on a golf course
Golf Machinery Maintenance
Learn how machinery, their performance and efficiency impact workforce effectiveness and quality of a golf course
Turfgrass Identification & Production
Identify the fundamental characteristics of common turf grass species and produce and maintain new grass areas
Sports Turf Nutrition
Acquire skills required for applying fertilisers, knowledge of plant foods and the subsequent effects on sports turf
Hi, I’m Andrew McKenna
Andrew is the Founder and Managing Director of African Turf Academy. He brings over 25 years' experience in managing and optimising golf management solutions. Andrew's core focus has always been driving growth and clearly-defined business strategies in the golf industry with phenomenal success.
Hi, I’m Derek Daily
Derek is the Director of Education at African Turf Academy. He studied Greenkeeping and Golf Course Management, is a scholar of the R&A and has international experience as a professional Greenkeeper in Ireland, Scotland and Sweden.
Hi, I'm Morné Breedt
Morné is the Commercial Manager at African Turf Academy and has a passion for establishing sustainable business growth. His keen eye for detail, IT experience and proactive nature reaffirms our brand positioning of 'Growing your future'.
Silver Lakes Golf Estate
Silver Lakes is the home of the African Turf Academy facilities and provides a wonderful setting for our students to learn. Situated in the east of Pretoria in South Africa’s Gauteng province, Silver Lakes derives its name from the numerous lakes around which the course was built, with the most beautiful ‘silver’ sunsets over the water. With a signature 18-hole Peter Matkovich designed golf course, the Estate offers a tranquil lifestyle to its residents which includes fishing opportunities in our numerous natural dams, two tennis courts, two squash courts, a game reserve filled with local buck and small animals, nature hiking trails and other fun activities.
Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
SRUC Elmwood supports African Turf Academy with the curriculum of our full-time students. The creation of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) took place in 2012 by merging SAC (the Scottish Agricultural College) with three respected partners (Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges). SRUC exists to deliver comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries, founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. The integration of these three complementary ‘knowledge exchange’ services is of significant value to all with an interest in land-based activities – be they learners, businesses, communities or policy makers.
The R&A have been supporters of African Turf Academy for many years and provide us with financial support on an annual basis to continually improve our facilities and offerings. The R&A organises The Open, golf’s oldest Major, along with several other amateur and junior events, some of which are sanctioned by other golfing bodies. The R&A assumes responsibility for the administration of the Rules of Golf with the consent of 152 organisations from the amateur and professional game, and on behalf of over 30 million golfers in 138 countries throughout Europe, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas. The R&A also provides best practice guidance on all aspects of golf course management, to help grow golf throughout the world in a commercially and environmentally sustainable way.
Rain Bird Corporation
Rain Bird irrigation provide the African Turf Academy with equipment, financial and training support in the irrigation section of our learning programme. Rain Bird Corporation is a privately held company founded in 1933 during the agricultural boom in California and is the leading global manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services. Since the beginning, Rain Bird has produced and offered the industry’s broadest range of irrigation products for golf courses, farms, sports arenas, commercial developments and homes in more than 130 countries around the world.
Jacobsen have been partners of African Turf Academy since its inception and have provided students with many opportunities to travel to tournaments all around the world and support all our initiatives. Jacobsen have also supported several students with their studies financially and continue to do so. Jacobsen’s long history begins in 1789 when Robert Ransomes started his iron-foundry business with only £200. Jacobsen is committed to providing superior quality turf maintenance equipment to customers around the globe. Jacobsen is committed to providing the turf care industry with the best training available for its customers and end users.
Bernhard and Company
Bernhard have provided the African Turf Academy with equipment for learning and will continue to assist in providing African Turf Academy students with opportunities in the industry while they study and after graduation to enter the industry. Bernhard and Company Limited are the leaders in the sharpening systems market and one of the world’s most influential forces in the presentation and quality of turf grass. Bernhard continue to support and develop research and education programmes, and understand better than most the relationship between sustainability, conservation and a keenly run maintenance department.
The P.G.A. of South Africa
The Professional Golfers Association of South Africa is a members’ organization of over 500 qualified Club Professionals. The PGA was founded in 1925 and lists amongst its members over the years many of South Africa’s greatest golfers and most dedicated servants of the game. The PGA is committed to training and serving golf pros whose principal aim is to offer a highly professional service to golfers in all aspects of the game.
The South African Golf Association
The South African Golf Association is the governing body administering, operating and providing service to amateur golf in South Africa. Their role is to look after the interests of more than 460 golf clubs and 139 000 men, women, boy and girl club members, produce champion golfers and provide the opportunity for everyone in South Africa to experience the game of golf.
With a pedigree going back 80 years, Titleist is one of the most respected brands in golf, providing tournament class balls, clubs, bags and accessories to professional and amateur golfers across the globe. Utilising advanced equipment fitting methods, detailed swing analysis, and science-based player conditioning, Titleist is African Turf Academy's preferred fitting partner.