Does the USGA still support turfgrass and environmental research?
recent economic recession has led some to believe that the USGA no longer
supports turfgrass and environmental research. Not only does the USGA continue
to support research, it provides more than a million dollars annually for 50 to
70 projects at land grant universities across the U.S. Since 1920, the USGA has
provided $40 million for turfgrass and environmental research!
the research program, the USGA provides a wealth of information on water
conservation, the fate of agricultural chemicals, landscape restoration
methods, and management of wildlife habitat on golf course property. New
turfgrasses with improved tolerance to cold, heat, drought, and salinity are
continually under development at funded universities. Integrated turfgrass
management research improves the efficient use of natural resources, products,
and cultural practices. University field-testing provides valuable information
on new products and cultivars to help make wise purchasing decisions. Information
about USGA research projects is on the Course Care website, Golf’s Use of Water Resource Center, Turfgrass
and Environmental Research Online,
allied association publications, and scientific journals.
have come to expect playing conditions that only a few years ago would have
seemed impossible, and through continued research, the USGA will continue to
find more efficient and sustainable methods to meet golfer expectations.
Information on the
USGA’sTurfgrass and Environmental Research
the Green Section Staff