Written by: Paul Carter
In 2003, we converted the turfgrass on our greens from bentgrass to Champion Ultradwarf bermuda grass. This change was to provide a better putting surface for golfers during the summer months when most golf is played, but it has also had many environmental and economic benefits.
Due to less disease pressure compared with bentgrass, the bermuda allowed us to reduce the costs of chemical inputs on the greens from $39,000 to $8,000. Not having to be hand-watered each day generated a reduction of over a million gallons of water per year and hundreds of man hours, helping us save thousands of dollars each year.