Golf Course Management

MAR 2014

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68 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 03.14 It's super zoysia! The products of years of turfgrass breeding have replaced creeping bentgrass at some courses in the South, restoring superintendents' peace of mind. Life-preserver. Game-changer. Course-saver. Sounds like a tall order for Superman, let alone a turfgrass. Yet the object of these accolades is indeed a simpler life form: zoysiagrass. And its praise has quickly spread from Texas to the Southeast at golf courses where Diamond zoysiagrass has made the leap from fairways and tees to putting greens. The 2007 conversion from bentgrass to Diamond zoysia "absolutely saved our course," says Mike Fish, director of golf at the Arnold Palmer-designed Tanglewood Resort & Country Club in Pottsboro, Texas, which annually hosts two major college competitions. For Tanglewood, he adds, "bentgrass was a nightmare," but zoysia "has brought peace of mind — being able to sleep in the summertime." "I hadn't had a summer vacation in 20 years," says GCSAA Class A superintendent Bob Land of Oconee Country Club in Seneca, S.C., who converted nine holes from bentgrass to Diamond zoysia in May 2012 and the second nine last June. "If you've got bent, you have to stay around because if anything can go wrong, it will when you leave. I used to wake up every morn - ing worrying if I would have any greens (alive). Now I sleep better." "From a superintendent's standpoint, they actually get their lives back," says Harold Kincaid, whose company leases and manages the municipal Reynolds Park Golf Course in Winston- Salem, N.C., which was converted from bentgrass to zoysia in 2012. "I'm a big defender of guys on the turfgrass side," says Kincaid, the general manager and PGA professional. "They would wake up in the middle of the night with sweats about losing their By Mark Leslie AT THE TURN (business) Diamond zoysiagrass replaced bentgrass on the greens at Tanglewood Resort & CC in Pottsboro, Texas. The course's managers say the conversion, in 2007, brought "peace of mind." Photo courtesy of Milt Engelke, Ph.D. Diamond zoysiagrass has made the leap from fairways and tees to putting greens. 068-075_March14_Zoysia.indd 68 2/18/14 1:42 PM

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