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Golf’s Perrenial Hunt For Low Maintenance Grass

1.04pm 13th September 2017 - Management Topics

For time immemorial, golf course operators have been on a hunt for a species of turf grass that is low on maintenance, requiring less irrigation and that is shade tolerant.

David Doguet, President of Bladerunner Farms

This has also been the mission of the Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS) which has showcased world-class sod academics and breeders over the years. Virtually every type of major turf grass has been introduced by APGS over the last ten years.

The hunt is not over – this year in Danang, Vietnam, November 14th – 16th will see the official introduction of a revolutionary golf course turf grass known as Zeon Zoysia. This was the same turf used to grass the golf course for the Rio Olympic Games.

Cordillera Ranch golf course in the heart of the Texas Hill Country is a Jack Nicklaus Signature course and it was among the very first to feature Zeon Zoysia.

Zeon Zoysia is a world-class playing surface that provides superior lies, excellent feedback on ball-striking, and excels in stressful conditions brought on by extreme drought and heat. It is very environmentally friendly and the grass needs very little water, and very low amounts of nitrogen fertilizer, while still looking and playing great.

The man who grows Zeon, David Doguet, President of Bladerunner Farms, arguably amongst the largest turf farms in the world will be at APGS 2017 to give delegates a first-hand introduction to the grass. Together with the breeder of ZEON, Dr. Milton Engelke, delegates will be able to understand how they can get a handle on their turf maintenance cost.

There’s no man more passionate than Doguet about the best turf for golf courses. “Yes, you can have a beautiful golf course without all of the water, fertilizer, mowing or chemicals commonly used on other grasses. That’s been the Bladerunner Farms goal for three decades,” he says. “We’re happy to report that the grasses we offer you today meet or exceed the criteria of sustainability. You can you have a beautiful golf course that you can water less often, use less fertilizer and that requires less maintenance!”

APGS 2017 takes place in Danang,Vietnam, November 14th – 16th For the full Summit programme, visit:



We are happy to inform delegates that we have secured a special rate of USD160 for a Deluxe Room at the soon-to-be-opened 5-Star Sheraton Danang Resort. When you register as a delegate, we will automatically reserve a room for you.

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