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Sunday
Feb122017

Golf Industry Show Wrap: VR, Recycled Sod, Digital Grass Printing And Other Fun Stuff

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:

 

 

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.

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Reader Comments (3)

How did the GIS "buzz" compare to the PGA Show's (or lack thereof)?
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterBill Tedman
Great Fake course for fake Golfers - just the news the Game needs to survive -

Father, they know not what they do - but please do not forgive then for they are killing the spirit and heart right out of the Royal & Ancient Game of Golf -

Hey Guys the clue is in the name, OK, you do not get it, so let me give you a clue, ' Ancient', not fake.
02.13.2017 | Unregistered CommenterTom Morris
The grass tech to create images on fairways, etc is awesome. I saw your segment on MD, and I was very impressed. The fact that it simply lays grass in different directions to create these images blew me away! Can lawns at Christmas be merely a few years away?
02.13.2017 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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