Turfgrass Science News

By Parker Anderson, Research Scientist, Science of the Green Initiative, University of Minnesota

Recently, the Science of the Green Initiative at the University of Minnesota, in partnership with the United States Golf Association (USGA), collected data on golf pace of play to examine the impacts of green speed on pace of play at seven golf courses of differing characteristics around the United States. The implications of the data collected, however, are far greater than just measuring the time each player spent on the putting greens; the results have additional value regarding golf facility sustainability and productivity.

Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 1:15pm

By Parker Anderson, Research Scientist, Science of the Green Initiative, University of Minnesota

In May of 2017, to address the challenges the golf industry faces, the United States Golf Association laid out their “Road Map to 2025” which sets the goals of improving golfer satisfaction by 20% while reducing critical resource consumption by 25% by 2025 (USGA, 2017b). Golf industry trends indicate that more golf courses are closing than are being opened, management costs are increasing, participation rates are flat or declining, and consumer behavior is changing (Licata and Tiger, 2010; NGF, 2017). It is critically important for golf course managers to identify factors that prevent golfers from participating in the game (Petrick, 2001).

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:45am

By Garett C. Heineck

Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) is a common turfgrass used for home lawns, sports fields, and golf courses. To meet consumer demand, large quantities of certified seed must be produced, packaged, and shipped to retailers. The largest production state for grass seed is Oregon; however few people know that Minnesota is also a major producer of turfgrass seed. Perennial ryegrass seed production is an important component of the agricultural economy in northern Minnesota, encompassing over 30,000 acres.

Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 8:15am

An article from the Natural Capital Project written by Marie Donahue features Professor Brian Horgan and researcher Parker Anderson from the Turfgrass Science team.  The Science of the Green Initiative is part of an exciting new collaboration, Community Value of Golf Courses Project, that is studying the environmental and social benefits of golf courses.

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 8:00am

By Sam Bauer

Any investment in quality continuing education opportunities benefits employees and employers alike. The 2018 Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science Online is designed to help meet the continuing education needs of any individual or organization.  This 12-week program, set for January 2 – March 23, 2018, will have training sessions accessible live online on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7pm (Central Standard Time) and the option to view the recorded sessions.

Friday, October 20, 2017 - 11:30am


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Sam Bauer, Extension Educator
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Dr. Brian Horgan, Professor
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Dr. Brian Horgan

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Dr. Eric Watkins, Professor
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Dr. Eric Watkins