When Brad Burgess first encountered zoysiagrass as a young superintendent at a golf course in Indonesia in the 90s, he was an immediate fan. He noticed that in places where bermudagrass struggled,
zoysiagrass thrived. Now, a variety of the turfgrass is available for the golf industry in Southeast Asia.
Burgess is currently the Managing Director of Thai International Turf Farms, based in Bangkok, Thailand. The company is licensed in Southeast Asia to grow, harvest and market an improved variety of zoysiagrass called Zeon Zoysia in the form of sod and sprigs.
“I think the golfers will be impressed by the playability of it, the superintendents will be grateful for the ease of maintenance, and the golf course owners will be impressed with the low cost to maintain it,” Burgess said.
First developed by Bladerunner Farms in Poteet, Texas, Zeon Zoysia is a fine-textured, drought and shade tolerant turfgrass suitable for use on sports fields, golf courses and lawns. Thai International Turf Farms is inspected and certified for production under Team Zoysia International’s stringent certification protocols to ensure the finest quality grass possible.
Zeon Zoysia was selected for the golf course constructed for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as well as for PGA Tour Player Tiger Woods’ first US golf course design, Bluejack National. The grass is popular for its playability, exceptional color and striping ability. It also has low fertilization requirements, stands up to drought, and tends to choke out weeds because of its dense canopy.