Magazine article Parks & Recreation

To Sod or Not to Sod?

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

To Sod or Not to Sod?

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According to the folks at Turfgrass Producers International, a nonprofit organization of nearly 1,000 turfgrass sod producers in 38 countries, more and more municipal golf courses -- both new and existing -- are turning to sod to establish their turfgrass.

Having once had a reputation of being too costly, sod is winning the favor of resource maintenance, parks and recreation, and golf course professionals for its ability to open a golf course sooner, generate profit more quickly, and virtually eliminate potential environmental concerns such as erosion and excessive water use. A recent survey by TPI showed that the percentage of sod sales to golf courses has nearly doubled in the past decade.

This statistic is not surprising to Jeff Brauer, past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, who says that sod may not be the second choice for long. "We encourage as much use as possible of sod within a given budget," Brauer says. "It's quantifiable to show that the more sod, the better. …

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