Sustainable turfgrass selected for less inputs and more reliability

Jack's Point Golf Club

New Zealand

Written by: Will Bowden

The local climate of Otago and in particular the region in which Jack's Point is located can be characterised as arid. During summer temperatures regularly reach the low to mid 30's C, with the winter months tending to be cold and dry. This combined with the desire of the designer to produce a golf course that could be managed and maintained within environmentally sustainable parameters were both key drivers in the turfgrass selection for the site.

The fairways at Jack's Point consist of fine fescue and the greens a locally cultivated and supplied browntop bent. The characteristics of these species have resulted in playing surfaces that require minimal irrigation and fertiliser inputs, while still providing excellent turfgrass cover and playing qualities, along with the associated lower maintenance costs this facilitates.

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