“I’ve waited far too long to voice my opinions concerning this extraordinary profession of greenkeeping”

How’s that for a start? “The Walking Greenkeeper” introduced himself this morning. I expect this will be a fun blog to read. Now for an assortment of things that came to mind today, all of which are in some way related to Joe’s blog post. He wrote about some of his research this winter. Among… Continue reading “I’ve waited far too long to voice my opinions concerning this extraordinary profession of greenkeeping”

Even more elephant footprints on golf courses

And these are the real ones this time, not the turf disease. I was at Soi Dao Highland Golf Resort in Chanthaburi. This resort is surrounded by mountains near Khao Khitchakut National Park and Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary. I asked, “are there any elephants here?” There weren’t any, but I was told the count… Continue reading Even more elephant footprints on golf courses

High expectations

I’ve rarely been so excited to read an article. Last week when I saw Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from turf management of two Swedish golf courses, by Tidåker et al., I immediately dropped what I was doing and read it. If you’ve talked with me about turfgrass management sometime in the past 18… Continue reading High expectations

The relationships between golf and health, with multifunctional golf facilities thrown in just for fun

Golf and health Yesterday I saw the new paper by Murray et al. in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on The relationships between golf and health: a scoping review. The reviewers identified 301 studies on this topic that met their search criteria, and then they summarized the results in terms of: participation golf and… Continue reading The relationships between golf and health, with multifunctional golf facilities thrown in just for fun

More about the most sustainable grass hypothesis

I've written about a hypothesis for identifying the most sustainable grass. Paul Johnson wrote with some feedback on this hypothesis, and a few questions. From Paul: Some more to consider: What is sustainable really depends on each situation, and that involves temperature and light but also what is expected from the turf area. That’s probably… Continue reading More about the most sustainable grass hypothesis

A hypothesis about the most sustainable grass

I’ve written about zoysia growing faster than bermuda. Mike Richardson asked “is that better? Slow growing has always been one of my favorite traits of zoysia.” I answered that it is better, and that I would explain my hypothesis later. Here it is: The most sustainable grass for a given location is the one that… Continue reading A hypothesis about the most sustainable grass

Optimum playing conditions, minimum inputs

“Mekong River diverted into Thailand’s waterways, worrying drought-stricken neighbours like Vietnam,” says a recent headline. “Drought exacts toll on crops in region,” says another. And “China has embarked on an unprecedented ‘water diplomacy’ mission to alleviate the drought in Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam by discharging massive quantities of fresh water downstream from one… Continue reading Optimum playing conditions, minimum inputs

Video report from The R&A sustainability seminar in Beijing

This report gives a summary of last week’s R&A Seminar on Sustainable Golf Course Design, Renovation and Maintenance in Asia, held at the National Convention Center in Beijing in conjunction with the China Golf Show. At the seminar, “more than 200 golf course superintendents, developers, managers and academics from throughout China learned from a number… Continue reading Video report from The R&A sustainability seminar in Beijing