More photos from the 2014 conference

Here are some extensive photo galleries posted at the Thai Golf Course Superintendent Association page on Facebook. Click through to see all the photos.

10 to 12 March 2014, part 1

10 to 12 March 2014, part 2

10 to 12 March 2014, part 3

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.

Presentation Slides and Handouts Now Available for Download

The presentations slides and handouts from the 2013 conference are now available for download. Delegates to the conference received this information in their seminar books and on CD, and we make these materials available online for those who were not able to attend the conference.

With information on a range of important topics, from maintenance equipment to fertilizer choice, irrigation management to recovery from flooding, and much more, you will be sure to find something of interest in these educational materials.


International Turfgrass Society President Han Liebao to Speak at Thailand Conference

Han_liebaoProfessor Han Liebao will give a presentation about Asia Turfgrass and Golf at next week's Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia conference in Thailand. Dr. Han is heads the Institute of Turfgrass Science of Beijing Forestry University and is Director of the Golf Education and Research Center of Beijing Forestry University. He is currently President of the International Turfgrass Society.

Almost 200 delegates from 16 countries are already registered for the conference which is organized by the Thai GCSA and Asian Turfgrass Center on behalf of the Thailand Golf Association with support from The R&A.

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.