As we all know, times have been tough and budgets are rarely getting increased. As a member of the management team at the TPC Sawgrass Agronomy, I am always looking for opportunities to improve the aesthetics of both the PLAYERS Stadium and Dye's Valley golf courses without incurring a tremendous amount of expense.
With that being said, the Horticultural Team has been involved in numerous projects over the last twelve months that have seen heavily maintained bermudagrass lakebanks converted to a more natural, native or ornamental grass lakebank. In the past, Spartina bakeri, commonly know as Cordgrass, has been the primary species of native grass that has been utilized. However, lately we are trending towards two different types of grasses, Paspalum quadrifolium, aka Crowngrass, and Spartina patens, aka Creeping Cordgrass. Both of these grasses have been great performers during our trials mainly due to their aggressiveness and tolerance to shade.