The year of zoysia

By |  February 11, 2016 0 Comments

If case you weren’t aware, 2016 is set be the year of zoysia, with some of the highest profile courses in golf choosing the zoysia family of grasses, according to the experts at Team Zoysia International.

As proof of that claim, Arthur Milberger and David Doguet, interviewed at their booth on the trade show floor at the Golf Industry Show, point to no less than the Rio Olympics course, whose fairways, tees and roughs have been grassed with Zeon zoysia, the opening of the first Tiger Woods-designed course, Bluejack National, north of Huston, which also boasts Zeon zoysia, Trinity Forest Golf Club, a new zoysia course designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, and San Antonio’s Golf Club of Texas, the first course with zoysia on every playing surface, including greens.

“Zoysia will change golf,” says Team Zoysia’s Doguet, largely because new fine-textured zoysiagrass varieties expand zoysia’s usefulness beyond fairways, roughs and tees and onto greens. That is a revolution in the way golf courses are planted and maintained, he says, because the grass uses much less nitrogen and other nutrients, as well as only half the water of bermudagrass and paspalum.

Doguet and Milberger have a list of other courses whose superintendents plan to convert to zoysia or already have it in places.

It’s nice to have a year. I had planned that 2016 would be mine. I guess zoysia got there ahead of me.

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