Golf un­der the mi­cro­scope

The Cut - - WORLD NEWS -

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.”

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