PRESS ROOM: Trinity Zoysia Grass Named for Trinity Forest Golf Club, Site of AT&T Byron Nelson PGA Tournament
Sustainability, Environmental Stewardship Combine for Firm, Fast Surfaces with Lots of Ball Roll
Tournament: AT&T Byron Nelson, 50th Anniversary of Event
Dates: May 14 – 20, 2018
Moves to New Location: Trinity Forest Golf Club, Dallas, Texas
Built on the site of a former landfill. Sustainability, environmental stewardship major themes.
Design of Course: Links style
Type of grass: Trinity Zoysia, named for Trinity Forest, which is the first course in the world to be planted with this low water use, sustainable grass wall-to-wall tees and fairways. The course does not have playable rough. (Grass was formerly known as L1F zoysia in the research stage.) Unplayable edges are planted in native grasses and flowers. Greens are Champion Bermuda.
Height of cut in fairways & tees: .350-inch
Architect: Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw
Superintendent: Kasey Kauff
Grass developed by: Bladerunner Farms, Poteet Texas
Notable Trinity Forest Course Member: PGA Tour Player Jordan Spieth
Overview of AT&T Byron Nelson tournament at Trinity Forest
For the 50th Anniversary of the AT&T Byron Nelson, the PGA Tour moves to Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. The course is grassed with an environmentally friendly grass called Trinity Zoysia, named for the golf course. Trinity Forest was built on the site of a former landfill. Trinity Zoysia was developed in Texas by Bladerunner Farms in Poteet, south of San Antonio.
Why it’s a big story
Why the AT&T Byron Nelson tournament at Trinity Forest is a big story
- 50th Anniversary, move to new location
- Former landfill: Trinity Forest was built on the site of a former landfill reclaimed as a green space.
- Dry, Firm Conditions to Impact Play: Trinity Zoysia is a low water use grass. Not much irrigation required. Weather permitting, the fairways should be super firm and fast. Second shots will be critical and allow player not as long to achieve greater distance due to better ball roll.
- Sustainability: Trinity Zoysia grass uses less water, less fertilizer to make the course environmentally friendly. Dry patches may turn brown but the grass is not dead, just dormant, as a reaction to less water. Once water is reapplied, it turns green again.
About Trinity Zoysia
About Trinity Zoysia, the grass at Trinity Forest
Trinity Zoysia is a fine-textured dwarf variety of zoysiagrass. While in research and development, the grass was known as L1F Zoysia but was renamed Trinity Zoysia in honor of Trinity Forest Golf Club, the first course in the world to use it Wall-to-wall on a golf course. Trinity Zoysia is planted on the tees and fairways of Trinity Forest. A highly dense turf, Trinity Zoysia is very tolerant to wear and damage from foot traffic and golf carts. It also requires very little fertilizer and very little water, which makes it highly sustainable and environmentally friendly. Trinity Zoysia was developed in Texas by renown turfgrass breeder David Doguet and the team at Bladerunner Farms, just south of San Antonio, in Poteet Texas.
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