Pitch Performance Workshop, August 5 in Bangkok


The Football Association of Thailand and the Thai League are putting on a full day workshop for sports turf managers on August 5. The workshop is organized by Golf Course Specialists. With the generous support from these groups, the workshop will be free to attend.

The focus of this day is pitch performance in Thailand, Japan, and England. How does one assess the performance of a pitch? How does one achieve the desired standard? What are the standards? What are the current conditions of football pitches in Thailand? Those are the primary topics for this intensive one day event, to be held at the Sport Science Center of Bangkok University.

Featuring John Ledwidge, the grounds manager for Leicester City FC, Nobuo Suzuki, the CEO of IGM Co Ltd, and Dr. Micah Woods from the Asian Turfgrass Center, this day will see grounds managers from all over Thailand gathering to discuss the production of top-level surfaces.

Contact details are on the forms if you should have any inquiries. Registrations must be made by July 25.



The Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia 2019

I've had lots of inquiries about the March conference, and am pleased to share this information about the conference organized by the Thai Golf Course Superintendent Association (TGCSA) and the Sports Authority of Thailand. For more details, please  contact the TGCSA at thaisuperintendent@yahoo.com.




ATC is not involved with the organization or registration for this conference. Please direct all inquiries to the TGCSA at thaisuperintendent@yahoo.com

Thailand Golf Paradise Seminar

The program for the Thailand Golf Travel Mart 2017 in Khao Yai includes an interesting session that is about more than just travel and tourism. On July 25, the Thailand Golf Paradise Seminar will include sessions on golf course design, maintenance, and renovation.


Hear from Pirapon Namatra of GolfEast about the golf courses of Thailand and their design, from Neil Cleverly, the well known superintendent from Rio de Janeiro's Olympic course, Chris May and Jon Tomlinson from IMG, and others involved with golf course operations in Thailand.


I (Micah Woods) will be speaking about The best playing conditions with the fewest inputs. Thailand really is a golf paradise when it comes to golf courses with great playing conditions, and I will explain how to achieve those conditions with the fewest inputs of water, pesticides, mowing, and fertilizer.

These photos show a bit of the variety in golf course turf in Thailand.

Created with flickr slideshow.

Photos from the 2017 conference

The conference this year was another fun one. As he has done for the past few years, Boy Yothin again documented all the seminars, dinners, field day, and other functions with hundreds of photos. I've picked out a few from the galleries he shared on Facebook and included them below. You can see all the conference photos in these galleries:











GCSAA education points for the 2017 conference

The GCSAA has approved the 2017 conference program for 1.45 education points.


GCSAA members will be provided with the Event Approval Code notice at the end of the conference, and can then use this code to update their education points with the GCSAA's online affidavit.

Black and white theme for the Monday night dinner


One of the fun events at the conference is the poolside dinner on Monday night, after the first day's seminars have concluded. The theme of the dinner this year is "Black and White," so as you plan for your trip to the conference, please keep that in mind.

We've had a range of themes in the past -- blue jeans night, Songkran theme, cowboy, favorite sports team, etc. This year will have lots of black and white.