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Audubon International and EDF Partnered To Launch Monarchs in the Rough
Audubon International and Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have partnered to launch Monarchs in the Rough, a program to assist golf courses in the United States, Canada and Mexico in creating monarch butterfly habitat in out-of-play areas. The program is offering the first 100 participants free and regionally appropriate milkweed seeds – enough to establish one acre of habitat. Monarchs in the Rough provides course superintendents and staff with the information and technical support they need to incorporate monarch habitat into the unique layout of each course.

Bobby Weed Golf Design Tapped to Design Golf Course at New Hobe Sound Club
Bobby Weed Golf Design has been selected to design the golf course at GROVE XXIII, an exclusive, members-only private club under construction in Hobe Sound, Fla. NBA legend and avid golfer Michael Jordan is the majority partner in GROVE XXIII. The golf course is scheduled to be ready for play in 2019. Weed is living on site throughout the duration of construction in order to personally shape features and supervise the work. Set on the site of a former citrus grove, the golf course is routed with the south Florida trade winds in mind. The two nines wrap around each other while traversing the site in opposing directions. This dynamic layout ensures that golfers will feel the breeze from every quarter. The routing also features a unique crossover at the 5th and 14th tees, where golfers can switch from one nine to the other and still finish out a nine-hole loop. This singular feature offers the membership four nine-hole permutations, significantly enhancing both daily set-up and member tournament format possibilities.

Performance Soil Treatment Program To Be Unveiled At GIS
At the Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, Performance Nutrition, a division of LidoChem Inc., unveils their retooled Performance Soil Treatment (PST) program at Booth #23107. The Performance Soil Treatment program can be combined with other Performance Nutrition products to help address your soils particular needs and nutrient deficiencies. Performance Nutrition provides environmentally friendly and applicator safe programs and fertilizer products. Performance Nutrition enables golf course superintendents  and turf managers to produce healthier turf and ornamentals.

Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply Opens Two New Florida Location
Ewing opened two new Florida locations. Ewing St. Petersburg, located at 3199 46th Avenue N., opened its doors to green industry professionals in the Tampa area in early January, becoming one of thirteen full service Ewing locations in the state. Ewing already has two locations in the Tampa area, Ewing Clearwater and Ewing Wesley Chapel, but wanted to help contractors in Pinellas County avoid traffic delays.

Pittsburgh National G.C.: Pioneering Western Pennsylvania Golf Course Turf Management
In the summer of 2016 a decision was made by golf club owner Colin Dunwoody to re-grass two tee boxes with a newly released Bermuda grass cultivar called Latitude 36. The decision was arrived upon after numerous discussions with Latitude 36 licensed growers and Sod Solutions, the agent for Oklahoma State University which had developed the cultivar. Pittsburgh National is a semi-private golf facility with bent grass tees and in the height of the golf season the tees experience high traffic, hot weather and sometimes excessive drought conditions. This makes the regeneration of divots very taxing. Over the past few years the club has experimented with different cultivars of bent grass and rye grass with very limited success. The benefits of Latitude 36 over other traditional Bermuda grass cultivars include a higher cold tolerance, early Spring green up and high traffic tolerance. When weighing these benefits, Pittsburgh National went ahead in July 2016 by sprigging a par 3 tee box on the 12th and a par 4 tee box on the 1st. Two very high traffic areas. By October 2016 both tees had full turf coverage in preparation for the 2017 season. Initially, when the decision was made to use Latitude 36 in a trial, expectantly and understandably so, criticism from patrons and areas professionals alike were abound with comments “You cannot grow Bermuda grass in Western PA” or “What a waste of time and money”, but with all the headaches from trying to produce quality conditions with other turf varieties, PNGC decided to forge ahead.