The golf industry convened in Orlando last week to compare notes, take in seminars, talk turf and debate who reports to the more insane membership.
As we have the last few years, field producer extraordinaire Donny Goertz and I roamed the floor hoping to stumble on some fun stuff and this year may have been the best set of innovative products yet.
We talked with GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans about the state of the industry.
We took in the insane construction job supervised by the Golf Course Builders that created an undulating area for mower testing and real bunkers showcasing products.
One of those products was recycled soccer field artificial turf now being used for sodwall bunker stacking, changing a bunker face lifespan from 5 years to 20 or more.
We saw an amazing Pixar-like company that can simulate what your renovated or new course would look like and now is adding VR to the equation as well. Amazing!
And maybe our favorite of all, the people behind this:
Big thank you to everyone's help with our pattern for Big Papi. Very proud of everyones help and support. Pete Davis's incredible turf printer creation is amazing. In my 32 year MLB career David is not only one of the nicest players I've had the opportunity to work with but one of the nicest people #bigpapi #thankyouBigPapi #sportsturf #myfenway #redsox #fenway #fenwaypark #lawnbible #pictureperfect #teamwork #proud #thankyou #thankspapi #photo credit courtesy Derek Gauger #lawnart #believe #newgroundtechnology #thankyoupete #thankkeli #thankdarren @newground_technology #thankspapi
We talked to the founder of New Ground Technology, Pete Davis, who explained the designs you've seen in outfields around Major League Baseball and how you can expect to start seeing them on golf courses. With, of course, some imaginative steps taken by tours and sponsors to more cleverly plant sponsorship onto turf in a responsible way.