Oct 24, 2013; Rio de Janiero, BRA; An aerial view of the site under construction set to be the Olympic golf course. Photo Credit: RVR Photos-USA TODAY Sports.

Olympic golf course to use Zeon Zoysia grass


PGATour.com is reporting the 2016 Olympic golf course in Brazil will be covered with Zeon Zoysia grass.

Turf management is a huge deal in the golfing world, and new strands of grass are developed to help deal with the challenges of maintaining acres of lush green grass.  Zeon Zoysia turf grass requires less fertilizer and water, meaning less maintenance and lower costs.  For golfers, the Zoysia grass is known to provide perfect lies in the fairway.

It still amazes me that they are building a golf course for the 2016 Summer Olympics.  A golf course costs millions of dollars to build, and millions more to maintain.  The Olympics is already a huge operation, and the addition of golf is rather incredible.

There isn’t much hype surrounding golf in the Olympics, so it will be interesting to see what happens in 2016.  The Summer Olympics is known for track and field as well as some basketball, and golf doesn’t quite fit into the picture.  I’m curious to see the intensity of the golf, and if all the big names will play.  The playing schedules are very important to the big names, and a trip to Brazil in the middle of the summer must be accounted for.

 

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