The Value Of A USGA TAS Visit

"The Turf Advisory Service is a program of service. Its benefits to the individual club will be considerable. Countless times in the past one little bit of information from the Green Section has saved a club many times the cost of USGA service."

--Richard Tufts, Chairman, USGA Green Section Committee 1953


The Green Section field agronomists:
  • Have more direct contact with golfers and course officials than any other department in the USGA. They are ambassadors and representatives of the USGA in the field.
  • Are the most knowledgeable, respected, and impartial golf-turf consultants in the world. Backed by the USGA, the Green Section's services provide dependable recommendations that course officials can count on.
  • Have lots of experience - they see many (100+) courses each year.
  • Know what to look for when observing the course and checking for problems.
  • Ask probing questions to identify symptoms or problems that the course personnel may not recognize.
  • Have seen symptoms countless times and can quickly identify problems and offer the best solutions.
  • Help establish long range plans and preventative maintenance programs to mitigate future problems.
  • Network frequently with other USGA agronomists for additional advice and suggestions.
  • Catch problems early, before they get out of hand, thereby preventing turf loss and/or large expenditures.
  • Serve as a sounding board for ideas.
  • Keep up with the latest in research, products and techniques. Information is backed up by the largest private turf research program in the world.
  • Serve as a key communications link between course officials and the golf course superintendent.
  • Write reports that serve as a planning guide and as a benchmark to compare with future evaluations.
  • Have only the club's interest in mind and have no financial interest in products or services recommended, unlike many private consultants.
  • Know good specialists to turn to for more detailed evaluation, if needed.
  • Have access to the cumulative knowledge of 18 USGA field agronomists who make nearly 2000 visits annually.
  • Know that one small suggestion can save many times the cost of the TAS visit.
  • Provide our clubs and courses with reports that deliver the only history of changes in maintenance practices and the actual physical design of the course over time.

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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.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

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

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

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.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

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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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