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Auburn Research Trial Confirms TifGrand’s Superior Shade Tolerance

January 7, 2015

In a shade-tolerance study that compared TifGrand Bermudagrass to Celebration, Patriot, TifSport and Tifway, TifGrand had increased turfgrass quality under both 30% and 60% shade compared to the other cultivars. TifGrand pigment concentration also increased with increasing shade levels. These findings were reported at the November 2014 International Annual Meeting of the American Society of…

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Golfdom Interviews the Superintendent Growing Zeon Zoysia Fairways for the 2016 Olympics Golf Course

January 7, 2015

Last year, Stacie Zinn Roberts with Golfdom magazine interviewed Neil Cleverly, the golf course superintendent growing in the Zeon Zoysia on the golf course under construction for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. In the interview, Cleverly updates listeners on the course’s construction, which grasses were selected for the various playing surfaces and how it…

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The Better World Project Spotlights TifGrand Bermudagrass as a Green Solution to a Number of Problems

January 7, 2015

The slogan for The Better World Project is “Advancing Discoveries for a Better World.” Launched in 2005 by the Association of University Technology Manager, The Better World Project highlights technological advances that “make the world a better place.” One of those advances, as posted recently on the project’s website, is TifGrand Bermudagrass, a “phenomenon” that…

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NGCOA Names Course with Zeon Zoysia the 2014 Golf Course of the Year

January 7, 2015

The National Golf Course Owners Association has named the Clubs at Cordillera Ranch its 2014 Golf Course of the Year. Zeon Zoysia grasses every surface of the course except for the putting greens. “The course developers selected Zeon Zoysiagrass for its playing surfaces to create not only a beautiful, highly playable golf course but also…

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TifGrand Bermudagrass Featured on Three World Cup Fields in 2014

January 6, 2015

Although Germany took home the trophy for the 20th FIFA World Cup held in Brazil this past summer, the competitive stage also spotlighted TifGrand Bermudagrass, a turfgrass cultivar developed by the University of Georgia, released to the public in 2010 and licensed to growers by The Turfgrass Group. In one of its April 2014 blog…

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Poteet Man Wins Olympic Gold in Growing Grass

January 2, 2015

When the game of golf returns to the Summer Olympics in Brazil in 2016, David Doguet will be the one rolling out the green carpet. The owner of Bladerunner Farms in Poteet won the contract to use Texas grass to cover the golf course for the 2016 Olympic Games. Fox 29 News in San Antonio…

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UAG Magazine Features Zeon Zoysia at the 2016 Olympics

January 2, 2015

“I think it’s the biggest turf project in the world, to be involved in the very first Olympic golf course. That’s an amazing feeling, said David Doguet, developer of Zeon Zoysia. Showcased in Olympic golf for the first time since 1904, golfers around the world will test their skills on the grass during the 2016…

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Is Artificial Turf Hiding an 800-Pound Gorilla?

December 23, 2014

“Could exposure and inhaling carbon black nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes found in the tire crumb used on artificial turf fields be as harmful as breathing asbestos?” In the June/July 2011 issue of the Turfgrass Producers International’s e-newsletter, editor Jim Novak detailed the concerns of research scientists, health care organizations and medical professionals who warn that…

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GCM Spotlights Two Course Conversions to Zeon Zoysia

December 22, 2014

When H.T. Page, CGCS at The Westlake golf course in Virginia, lost his fungicide budget, he decided to convert his bluegrass fairways to a warm-season grass. Working with Dr. Mike Goatley (at Virginia Tech) and Brian Walker (at Riverside Turf), Page intersprigged 15 holes on the course with Zeon Zoysia and took out the bluegrass…

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First Tiger Woods Course Built in the U.S. Grassed with Zeon Zoysiagrass

December 8, 2014

The first Tiger Woods-designed golf course scheduled to open in the United States is under construction. Grassing began in December 2014, using environmentally friendly grasses — Zeon Zoysia and L1F Zoysia — both of which are licensed by The Turfgrass Group. See the press release below. Houston, Texas, December 1, 2014: Grassing gets underway this…

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