Thursday, July 30, 2015

Research Visit

We were welcomed today with a visit from some prominent researchers within the turfgrass industry. I have mentioned several times in meetings and conversations with members the ongoing research regarding Ultra Dwarf bermudagrass putting surfaces. The research consist of ball roll, uniformity and a monostand of turf within the putting surfaces. Many people have heard of the hard work and dedication the staff has implemented over the last couple of years removing the contamination/mutation in the greens. These gentlemen wanted to research our progress and use the work we have implemented in their research for data. They plan to have the results from our data and data from another 50 golf courses within the Southeast by the end of next year. This process takes time and hopefully the results will provide more information regarding the contamination/mutation of bermudagrass putting surfaces. We are definitely not alone in this situation. many golf courses have dealt with this issue and from my conversations today, we are definitely ahead of the game based on the practices we have implemented over the last couple of years. First I want to give a huge THANK YOU to the researchers = Jim Brosnan & Eric Reasor (Tennessee) and Brian Scwartz & Gerald Henry (Georgia). Turfgrass research is vital for Golf Course sustainability. Millions of dollars every year is dedicated to research from chemicals, to fertilizers to adaptation of turfgrasses in certain climates. The Golf Course Industry is very grateful to have individuals dedicated to the development and sustainability of the business. Below you will see pictures of the testing process.