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.