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The Club at Mediterra completes re-grass project

By |  February 12, 2018 1 Comments

The Club at Mediterra, a 36-hole, private country club in Naples, Fla., recently completed a re-grass and renovation, making it the world’s first 36-hole, private Audubon International-certified Silver Signature Sanctuary to re-grass with Platinum TE paspalum turfgrass. The re-grass effort included the tees, fairways and rough areas.

Tom Fazio initially designed the two courses in 2001 and also supervised the re-grass and course renovation, which began in 2015. The course brought on Tim Hiers as director of agronomy in 2015 to help lead the renovation efforts, which also included new bunkers and a new irrigation system.

“In addition to its excellent salt tolerance, we went to Platinum TE paspalum because it has better cold tolerance, low-light intensity tolerance — which is cloudy weather — it’s got a deeper root system and a very vibrant rhizome system that recovers from divots rapidly,” said Hiers. “It’s just a nice-looking grass, and it’s a great grass to hit off of because it grows vertically.”

Hiers, who received the 2018 USGA Green Section Award, also went on to explain that the deeper and higher-mass root system uses water and nitrogen much more efficiently, cutting down on the cost of maintenance.

Mediterra offers more than 1,000 acres of open spaces, parks and nature preserves, and was named a certified Silver Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International. This renovation improves the quality of play while also investing in the health of the sanctuary space.

The low-light intensity tolerance of Platinum TE paspalum also lends itself to other unique applications. The Miami Marlins and Houston Astros of Major League Baseball both use Platinum TE paspalum because they each play in a retractable-roof stadium.

Photo: The Club at Mediterra

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  1. Ron Forse says:

    Another nice feature of the Platinum TE paspalum is its “linksy” character. The grass allows for the Ground Game to be played. Balls run on the surface, which lends a lot of playability and shot-making interest.

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