Managing Strengths and Weaknesses of Bermudagrass in the Transition Zone

Thursday, February 4
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you sure you’re managing your transition zones in the best ways possible? Let us help answer that by assessing advantages and disadvantages of bermudagrass as a golf turf against traditional cool-season grasses in this climate based on both university research and real-world management situations. Topics that will be discussed include how to utilize winterkill susceptibility as an 'advantage' in improved seeded bermudagrass establishment, bermudagrass establishment without supplemental irrigation by dormant planting, and the steps in ‘low impact conversion' programs that can be used to convert cool-season turfgrasses to improved bermudagrass stands with limited impact on play. Ultimately the goal of this session will be to help attendees make informed decisions to positively impact their maintenance practices and develop a better understanding of how to:

• Select the best bermudagrass cultivars for their facility, budget, and golfing expectations in the transition zone climate

• Implement practices to assess strengths and weaknesses of bermudagrass as a golf turf in transition zone

• Utilize ‘out of the box’ strategies to establish improved bermudagrass and necessary tools for long-term bermudagrass performance on all areas of golf turf and in transition zones

• Preparation methods to better protect turf for winter dormancy periods


Michael Goatley, Ph.D.

Jordan Booth, CGCS