USGA Turf Colorant Workshop January 20, 2017 By Patrick O'Brien, agronomist, Southeast Region

Attendees at the USGA Turf Colorant Workshop will benefit from an indoor educational session and field demonstrations.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the fifth annual USGA Turf Colorant Workshop Jan. 31, 2017, at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, North Carolina. This is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity to study the art and science of using turf colorants on warm-season fairways. A great lineup of speakers has been scheduled and a portion of the workshop will be spent on the golf course. Come see fairways that have been treated with a colorant and watch demonstrations of how to apply turf colorants to fairway turf using new sprayer technology.

If you would like to attend the 2017 USGA Turf Colorant Workshop, please email by Jan. 27, 2017. There is no cost for the workshop other than your own travel expenses. All of the details are outlined in the schedule below:

Date: Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, 8:30 a.m.

Address: 1 Carolina Vista Drive, Pinehurst, North Carolina 28374

Hosts: Kevin Robinson and John Jeffreys



Indoor Session:

8 - 8:25 a.m. ­– Arrive at the Pinehurst Resort – meet at the Pinehurst Resort main clubhouse, the meeting will take place at the Donald Ross Grill

8:30 a.m. – Welcome by USGA Agronomist Patrick O'Brien and host Superintendents Kevin Robinson and John Jeffreys

8:40 - 9 a.m. – ­­­­­­­­­­­Turf Colorant Use at Pinehurst – Kevin Robinson and John Jeffreys

9 - 9:45 a.m. – New Technology Update: Setting up the Sprayer for Success - Rob Vaughan, superintendent at Brunswick Plantation, Calabash, North Carolina

9:45 - 10:30 a.m. – Looking at Turf Colorants Under the Microscope - Dr. Casey Reynolds, assistant professor and extension turfgrass specialist at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas


Outdoor Session:

10:45 - 12 p.m. – The group will observe new sprayer technology and fairway turf that has been treated with a colorant. There will also be demonstrations of applying colorants to fairway turf.



Southeast Region Agronomists:

Chris Hartwiger, director, USGA Course Consulting Service -

Steve Kammerer, regional director –

Patrick M. O’Brien, agronomist –

Todd Lowe, agronomist –

Information on the USGA’s Course Consulting Service

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