In 2013, the USGA will partner with theNational Turfgrass Evaluation Program(NTEP) to establish a new putting green trial for warm-season grasses. The trial, which will include bermudagrass, zoysiagrass and seashore paspalum, will be planted this summer at a dozen locations across the South, Southwest and Transition Zone. Trial locations will be split between golf courses and university research centers.
Trial management goals are to achieve Stimpmeter readings of 8 to 9 feet while reducing inputs, as compared to ultradwarf bermudagrasses.
Standard entries are being increased by NTEP (as shown in the photo taken March 1), while sponsors are increasing 36 trays of each entry for shipment to NTEP in late spring.
The warm-season putting green trial is made possible with considerable funding from the USGA.