The outdoor turf exhibit, 'Grass Roots', is in the design stage

Turf Exhibit

The USGA is working with allied turfgrass associations and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop an outdoor turfgrass exhibit at the U. S. National Arboretum. The arboretum is 446 acre USDA Agricultural Research Service public gardens facility two miles from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. The four-year focus on turfgrass entitled 'Grass Roots' will include a series of workshops, symposia and demonstrations, with the centerpiece of the program being the outdoor turfgrass exhibit.

'Grass Roots' is a unique opportunity for the turf industry to inform and educate visitors about turfgrass and the turfgrass industry.  All information presented within the 'Grass Roots' program will be science-based and reviewed by scientists in the field.  The National Arboretum is the home of many beautiful gardens and collections, as well as the Capitol Columns, the original sandstone columns from the East side of the U. S. Capitol. With over 500,000 visitors each year including members of Congress, the National Arboretum excels in research and education programs for young and old alike. Therefore, the National Arboretum is the perfect setting for the turf exhibit and the 'Grass Roots' Initiative.
A design team is currently hard at work developing the concepts and content to be displayed in the outdoor exhibit and great progress has been made. In addition, plans are being to develop and publish many interesting articles and features about turfgrass, its benefits and utility on the Arboretum web site. The turf industry is starting to step to the plate, with about $140,000 in funds, product and services being pledged thus far to help in the development and construction of the outdoor exhibit. The National Arboretum is providing $83,000 in support and service in addition to the $140,000 pledged. This brochure gives more details on the four year program, the outdoor exhibit and the budget needed.   

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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

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As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

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IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

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