2019 Fairway Turf Colorant And Winter Management Workshop January 18, 2019 By Patrick O'Brien, agronomist, Southeast Region

Attendees at the USGA Turf Colorant and Winter Management Workshop will learn about the latest technology and trends for managing warm-season playing surfaces. 

The USGA Green Section cordially invites you to attend the 7th annual Turf Colorant and Winter Management Workshop on January 29, 2019, at the Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, N.C. This one-of-a-kind educational experience will provide opportunities to study the art and science of using turf colorants on warm-season fairways while also highlighting the latest information about managing bermudagrass putting greens during winter.

There is a great lineup of speakers scheduled for this event including superintendents from across the Southeast Region along with USGA agronomists. Due to unpredictable winter weather conditions, the workshop this year will be entirely indoors to ensure the greatest educational value. Instead of going outdoors to see painted fairways and observe sprayer demonstrations, the workshop will feature videos of the latest trends in fairway turf colorant and spray equipment technology including GPS guidance systems and new boom designs. All the details are outlined in the schedule below.

If you would like to attend, please email to Patrick O’Brien ( by January 25, 2019. There is no cost for this workshop other than your own travel and meal expenses.


Date: January 29, 2019 (Tuesday)

Pinehurst Resort

1 Carolina Vista Dr., Pinehurst, N.C. 28374

Hosts: Kevin Robinson, John Jeffreys and Bob Farren



8:00 – 8:15 AM: Meet at the Pinehurst Resort Main Clubhouse. The meeting will take place at the Donald Ross Grill.

8:15 – 8:30 AM: Welcome – Patrick O’Brien, agronomist, USGA Green Section and Kevin Robinson and John Jeffreys, host superintendents

8:30 – 9:00 AM: Where We Started, Where We Are, and Where Are We Going – Rob Vaughan and John Jeffreys, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.

9:00 – 9:30 AM: Bermudagrass Putting Greens: Winter Stress Mitigation and Prioritization – Dr. Steve Kammerer, regional director, USGA Green Section, Peachtree City, Ga.

9:30 – 10:00 AM: Turf Colorants at Pinehurst: A Video Production – Rob Vaughan and John Jeffreys, Pinehurst Resort, Pinehurst, N.C.

10:00 – 11:00 AM: Round Table Discussion: Winter Fairway Management – Turf Colorants, Overseeding, Colorants and Overseeding or Nothing?

Moderator: Patrick O’Brien, agronomist, USGA Green Section, Macon, Ga.

Panelists: John Jeffreys, Pinehurst Resort, N.C.

Brian Powell, Old Chatham, N.C.

Kevin Robinson, Pinehurst Resort, N.C.

Jackson Clemons, Caledonia Golf & Fish Club, S.C.

Michael Pierce, Kingsmill Plantation, Va.

Nelson Caron, The Ford Plantation, Ga.

Paul Kaufmann, Prestwick Country Club, S.C.

Jared Nemitz, The Peninsula Club, N.C.

Rob Vaughan, Pinehurst Resort, N.C.

11:00 – 11:30 AM: Round Table Discussion: New Turf Covering Ideas and Strategies

Moderator: Addison Barden, agronomist, USGA Green Section, Atlanta, Ga.

Panelists: Jared Nemitz, The Peninsula Club, N.C.

Brian Powell, Old Chatham, N.C.

John Jeffreys, Pinehurst Resort, N.C.

Steve Hamilton, The Dunes Club, S.C.

11:30 – 11:45 AM: Question and answer session

11:45 AM: Adjourn


Southeast Region Agronomists:

Chris Hartwiger, director, USGA Course Consulting Service –

Steve Kammerer, regional director –

Patrick M. O’Brien, agronomist –

Addison Barden, agronomist –

Information on the USGA’s Course Consulting Service

Contact the Green Section Staff

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