At 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.
The 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.
In partnership with the Thai GCSA, the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) will conduct the inaugural AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition as part of Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2013.
At past conferences, the equipment and product demonstrations have been some of the most interesting and informative sessions. With the introduction of the four hour AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition, to be held at Siam Country Club on 12 March as part of the 2013 conference, these educational opportunities to learn about the effective products and techniques for turfgrass management will be expanded.
The Field Day program this year will start with two hours of practical sessions at Siam Country Club, on the topics of course preparation for tournaments, a demonstration of the Greenstester and The R&A Holing Out Test, and a look at bunker maintenance. Then comes the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition, followed by the option of 9 holes of golf with turfgrass managers from around Asia or a tour of the new course now under construction at Siam Country Club.
This is a fitting venue for the educational field day, turfgrass exposition, and a chance for course inspection by playing or by seeing how a new course is constructed, planted, and grown-in; Siam Country Club's Plantation Course was recognized as the Best Maintained Course in Asia Pacific in the latest Asian Golf Monthly Awards. You'll want to attend to see these conditions for yourself and to learn more about how it is done.
Last week, 197 delegates representing 20 countries gathered at Pattaya, Thailand, for the 4th Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia conference. The topics included a review of research in Asia over the past six years, management and prevention of fungal diseases that infect turfgrass in Asia, wetting agents, management of soil moisture, evaluating light conditions, playability of golf course turf, fairway conversion to seashore paspalum using a simple and non-disruptive technique, and how the courses are maintained at multiple award-winning Siam Country Club.
At the field day, we visited Phoenix Country Club, Siam Country Club, and Laem Chabang International Golf and Country Club, were joined by golf professional Virada Nirapathpongporn who discussed golf course maintenance and playability, had equipment demonstrations from the Asian Golf Industry Federation, saw some really cool soil moisture meters and light meters from Spectrum Technologies, and had a lively party hosted by the Thai GCSA in the evening.
The reviews for this year's conference have been of one voice: "such an eye-opening and impressive program," "a great experience," "very informative for issues facing turf managers on a daily and weekly basis," "of great value to us," "an excellent and very enjoyable conference."
Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia is organized by the Thai GCSA and ATC on behalf of the Thailand Golf Association. It is supported by The R&A and in 2011 and 2012 has also received support from AGIF. Thanks to all who participated in this conference in 2012, and we look forward to seeing you next year at Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2013.
Last week's Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2011 conference was a resounding success. Philip Russell from The R&A opened the conference with a presentation to the delegation of 207 people representing nineteen countries. Click here for a photo gallery of images from this three day conference at Pattaya.
Dr. Jim Brosnan from the University of Tennessee spoke about preventing and controlling weeds, Dr. Don Loch from University of Queensland and GeneGro Pty Ltd spoke about the use and adaptation of various grasses along with an update on mite research, Khun Suwit Suansan and Khun Sittachai Dusadeeporn from the Thai GCSA explained how they produce tournament quality bermudagrass greens in Thailand, and Dr. Micah Woods from Asian Turfgrass Center discussed how the collection and analysis of data from the golf course can be used to optimize playing condtions. Presentations and handouts from the conference are available at the Downloads 2011 page of this website.
It wasn't all classroom seminars, however, as the 5th annual Asian Turfgrass Field Day was held at Siam CC, Bangpra GC, Khaw Kheow CC, and Laem Chabang CC. We looked at test plots of various herbicides that can control bermudagrass or seashore paspalum, discussed why certain grasses and weeds thrive in different areas, found that algae was proliferating on a putting green in exactly the areas where a soil moisture meter showed the water content of the soil to be high, looked at the use of a salinity meter to measure the invisible salts in water, and looked at the removal of organic matter through core aerification and effective spraying by choosing the optimum nozzle sizes.
The Thai GCSA dinner party at Laem Chabang CC after the field day was good fun. The theme this year was tropical or Hawaiian attire and there was an outdoor seafood grill along with a traditional Thai dance show.