Zoysia for golf greens way of the future

01 Feb, 2017 11:09 AM
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Zoysia for greens is the future of golf. We are so excited to introduce these new varieties at the 2017 Golf Industry Show and give attendees the opportunity to see them up close,” renowned turfgrass breeder David Doguet of Bladerunner Farms in Poteet, Texas, says.
Zoysia for greens is the future of golf. We are so excited to introduce these new varieties at the 2017 Golf Industry Show and give attendees the opportunity to see them up close,” renowned turfgrass breeder David Doguet of Bladerunner Farms in Poteet, Texas, says.

Two new zoysias suitable for greens to be unveiled at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando, Florida, this month.

Ever wonder how new grass varieties get their names? Find out at the 2017 Golf Industry Show in Orlando this February when Team Zoysia takes suggestions from trade show attendees to help name two new zoysiagrass golf green varieties. One lucky attendee will win a new Scotty Cameron putter for participating.

The two new zoysia greens grasses, yet to be named, were developed by renowned turfgrass breeder David Doguet of Bladerunner Farms in Poteet, Texas.

The grasses are currently known by their designation used during the research and trial period: M85 and M60.

M85 is a fine-textured zoysiagrass for greens, tees and fairways has a naturally very dark green color with slow vertical growth.

Mowing will be reduced in every area of use. Leaves grow from the rhizomes at 90 degrees producing less grain than other varieties.

M-85 was selected for genetic color, disease resistance and growth habit. It has shown great promise for greens in San Antonio and Atlanta—especially for excellent cold weather color retention in those locations. The texture is as fine as the ultra dwarf bermudagrasses.

M-60 provides a fine-textured putting surface with good recuperative potential for tees and fairways. M-60 for greens tees and fairways has a natural dark green color along with reduced vertical growth rate. M-60 was selected for fine texture, extensive rhizome system, disease resistance and growth habit.

“Zoysia for greens is the future of golf. We are so excited to introduce these new varieties at the 2017 Golf Industry Show and give attendees the opportunity to see them up close, ” Mr Doguet said.

Potential grass names submitted by attendees at the Golf Industry Show in Orlando will be considered for use on either of the grasses.

Name selection will be made following legal due diligence and trademark requirements, common for new product naming. Attendees who submit a potential grass name will be entered into a drawing to win a new Scotty Cameron putter, approximate retail value $300. Winner will be selected from all names submitted, no matter if it is eventually used in commerce.

Both grasses will be renamed and officially released by 2018.

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