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ASGCA Members Lead the Way on Turfgrass Reduction

Written by: Tony Korologos | Date: Monday, August 18th, 2014
Categories: CoursesNews

93% of members helping clients reduce maintained turfgrass acreage;
“Golf Course Turfgrass Reduction” flyer a good first step in addressing concerns

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Golf course owners, managers and superintendents at private and public facilities are increasingly considering the reduction of maintained turfgrass on their course. American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) members work with these groups to create plans for keeping the strategic intent of the course intact and ensuring appropriate installation of replacement materials.

“There are more examples each month of courses looking to address maintained turfgrass,” ASGCA President Lee Schmidt said. “It’s a smart step to connect with an ASGCA member before beginning any project. The expertise and experience an architect provides will be beneficial from start to finish and positively impacts the project’s bottom line.”

The average ASGCA member has nearly 30 years of professional experience and worked or consulted on more than 150 projects. A project will benefit from an architect’s extensive background helping clients reduce acreage of maintained turfgrass while preserving the course’s strategic intent, and also improve course aesthetics due to additional contrast in color and texture.

Examples of the positive impact an ASGCA member can bring to turgrass reduction projects includes:
Lowering maintenance costs – Reducing the amount of maintained turfgrass can bring a reduction in labor, equipment, fertilizer and energy costs. Energy budgets can also be reduced as less water use results in lower electrical costs.
Using less water – Reducing regularly maintained turgrass and replacing it with native grasses or native plants requiring less irrigation can realize significant reduction in water usage.
Greater sustainability – Reducing maintained turfgrass in out-of-play areas with native grasses or plants can be a good way to improve sustainability. Some out-of-play areas can even be non-irrigated and covered with wood mulch or pine straw from low-cost reclaimed tree materials.

ASGCA has created a “Golf Course Turfgrass Reduction” flyer, available for free download from the Publications section of the ASGCA website, www.asgca.org/publications. The flyer, endorsed by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, is a good first step for any course considering a turfgrass project. For additional information, contact an ASGCA member through www.asgca.org/members, call (262) 786-5960 or emailing info@asgca.org.

ASGCA Background

Founded in 1946 by 14 leading architects, the American Society of Golf Course Architects is a non-profit organization comprised of experienced golf course designers located throughout the United States and Canada. Members have completed a rigorous two-year long application process that includes the peer review of four representative golf courses.

The average ASGCA member has spent nearly 30 years as a golf course architect, designing 42 new 18-hole courses and has worked on or consulted on nearly 150 projects in eight different countries around the world.

For more information about ASGCA, including a list of current members, log on to the ASGCA website at http://www.asgca.org or call (262) 786-5960.

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