Spring Educational Opportunities April 15, 2013 By Chris Hartwiger

USGA Green Section Senior Agronomist Chris Hartwiger conducted a Turf Advisory Visit at Starkville Country Club for turfgrass management students at Mississippi State. Together with numerous course officials, they learned the challenge of balancing the needs of the turf with the expectations for playing quality.

An Introduction to the Turf Advisory Service

On April 9, USGA Green Section Senior Agronomist Chris Hartwiger taught Mississippi State University turfgrass management students in a most unique classroom – the Starkville Country Club in Starkville, Miss. Several months ago, Mississippi State professor Dr. Christian Baldwin inquired about the possibility of using a Turf Advisory Visit as a means to teach his students about the application of turfgrass management principles in a country club setting. Starkville Country Club Superintendent Will Arnett was up for the opportunity and he enthusiastically developed an agenda that focused on the challenge of balancing the needs of the turfgrass with the expectations of the golfers. The visit created such a buzz at the club that numerous course officials attended the Turf Advisory Visit as well. All in all, a fun and educational day was had by all.  

Continuing Education Alert:  67th Southeastern Turf Conference

Make plans to attend the 67th Southeastern Turf Conference in on April 30 at the UGA Conference Center at the Rural Development Center in Tifton, Ga. Online registration is open and can be accessed here:  67th Southeastern Turf Conference Online Registration .

A full day of education is planned with speakers including University of Georgia professors Dr. Clint Waltz and Dr. Bob Carrow. The USGA Green Section’s own Pat O’Brien will be making a presentation as well. Pesticide recertification points are available for most southern states. 

Source: Chris Hartwiger (

Information on the USGA’s Turf Advisory Service

Contact the Green Section Staff