Golf under the microscope
The USGA and the University of Minnesota (UMN) are to undertake a five-year master research partnership to study and develop solutions to golf’s present and future challenges.
The partnership will utilise the university’s Les Bolstad golf course as a living, learning laboratory to support critical research projects, as well as a classroom for demonstrating best practices in course design, maintenance and operations.
“In this time of significant societal change, it’s important that golf remains relevant to its broad customer base,” said Brian Horgan, professor in the UMN Department of Horticultural Science and Extension, a turf grass specialist who is leading the partnership.
“A transdisciplinary approach to research will allow golf to be responsible in its consumption of resources, and help golf facilities provide an experience that is affordable, enjoyable and compatible with the time people have available for recreation.”