Asian Turfgrass Field Day

Highlights, and more great photos from the 2015 conference

These photos from Boy Yothin and the Thai GCSA capture all of the conference. Some of the highlights this year included:

  • a record attendance of 293 people
  • excellent seminars at the Amari Pattaya taught by our speakers from the USA, Scotland, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and Philippines, with all handouts and presentations available for download at this link
  • the Asian Turfgrass Field Day on a sunny morning at the Siam CC Waterside course, with on course demonstrations of the principles taught in the classroom seminars
  • the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition at Laem Chabang, with equipment and product demonstrations and networking
  • great food and fun social events

Asian Turfgrass Field Day 2015 at Siam CC Waterside

Siam Country Club's new Waterside course will hold the field day on 10 March.

There was a planning visit this week at the Siam CC Waterside course to start setting out the test plots and planning the educational sessions for the 10 March 2015 Asian Turfgrass Field Day.

Boonthong Ngamsaprang, a past president of the TGCSA, will be the host superintendent for the field day.

At the field day, we will be discussing many interesting things, trying to make it as exciting and as interactive as possible. With the invited speakers and special guests for the field day, we are planning to show:

  • soil profiles, soil organic matter accumulation, and sand topdressing amounts to optimize soil and surface conditions
  • divot size and recovery
  • weed abundance in different species and weed development with and without control measures
  • resistance of weeds to common herbicides
  • growth rates of different grasses
  • centipede grass introduction and demonstration
  • individual nutrient effect on warm-season grasses
  • and much more
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Lunch this week at the Siam CC Waterside clubhouse.

After the morning field day, we will have a buffet lunch of delicious Thai food at the Siam CC Waterside clubhouse, before continuing to Laem Chabang International CC for the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition. 

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View from the clubhouse at Laem Chabang International CC, host of the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition on 10 March.

AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition 2014

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One week from today, the 6th Asian Turfgrass Field Day will be held at the brand new Waterside Course of Siam CC in the morning, and the afternoon will feature the 2nd AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition at at Laem Chabang Golf and Country Club. Here are some photos from last year's AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition, and this video from an AGIF demonstration held last October in Malaysia.

I've seen the list of equipment to be demonstrated and products to be shown at the exposition, and one of the most exciting is sure to be the Koro Field Topmaker with Universe rotor. As you can see in the video from Malaysia, this machine strips off all the thatch and unwanted organic matter, leaving just stems, leaves, and a few stolons for regrowth. In tropical climates where grass grows at a rapid pace year round, such a machine could be of great use at many facilities.

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Delegates from 16 countries are now registered, at last count, and we expect about 20 countries to be represented. Delegates are predominately from Asia, but this year we will also welcome guests from Oceania, Africa, Europe, and North America. 

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Conference delegates will have a chance to learn about the newest techniques and tools as the industry gathers in Pattaya next week. 

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Education points available for AGCSA members at 2014 conference

New Accreditation logo - Education no text smlThe AGCSA will provide education points to members who attend the Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2014 conference on March 10 to 12. For more about AGCSA membership and education, see the AGCSA website.

The conference program in Thailand includes speakers and topics focused on practical information about effective management in East and Southeast Asia. In addition to two days of classroom seminars, there will also be a field day with a hands-on look at grasses and management techniques, and an afternoon AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition with demonstrations of some cool new equipment.

Field Day Educational Sessions

Virada-swingAt this year's conference, the Field Day will be held at Siam Country Club's Plantation Course on the morning of 12 March, immediately prior to the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition.

The Plantation Course at Siam Country Club has recently been named the Best-Maintained Course in Asia Pacific, and the Old Course at Siam Country Club was the host of last week's Honda LPGA Thailand. After the morning Field Day and the midday Exposition, delegates will have the choice of taking a guided tour of the new Waterside Course now under construction, or of playing nine holes at the Plantation Course.

Virada Nirapathpongporn will be joining us to lead a practical seminar with Dominic Wall from The R&A about course preparation for a championship. As a former NCAA champion, US Women's Amateur champion, and LPGA professional, Khun Virada will be providing valuable insights into course maintenance from a player's perspective. 

The Field Day will include a demonstration of the Greenstester and The R&A's Holing Out Test. This measure of putting surface reliability is something that all delegates will find of great interest. There will also be a session on bunker maintenance to discuss the best ways to optimize the playing conditions while minimizing the cost of maintaining these hazards.

AGCSA Awards Accreditation to 2013 Conference

New Accreditation logo - Education no text with 9 pointsThe Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association (AGCSA) have awarded accreditation for 9 continuing education points to Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2013. This conference is packed with informational sessions on turfgrass irrigation and fertilizer requirements, tournament preparation, flood preparations and recovery, the necessary equipment and how to justify it, and much more.

Register for the conference here and learn more about the AGCSA by visiting their informative website,