The grand tour: Zoysia experts travel through Southeast Asia

During the two-week visit, Milt Engelke and David Doguet explored how zoysiagrass is impacting golf courses in the region.


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David Doguet, Milt Engelke, Ph.D., Brad Burgess and Jim Prusa discussed tips for the selection and use of zoysiagrass for golf and sports turf during their presentation at the Asia Pacific Golf Summit. Photo courtesy of Milt Engelke

Editor’s note: In conjunction with “Zoysia and the Future of Golf: Fewer Inputs from Tee to Green,” a learning tour at the 2018 Golf Industry Show in San Antonio, is presenting a series of stories on zoysiagrass, its increasing prominence in golf, and the learning tour itself, provided by Team Zoysia.

An invitation to speak at the 11th annual Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS) turned into a nearly two-week journey of zoysiagrass discovery around Southeast Asia for two pioneers of that turfgrass variety: Milt Engelke, Ph.D., professor emeritus at Texas A&M, and David Doguet, the owner of Bladerunner Farms, who together are co-founders of Team.

In addition to their appearance at APGS, where they were featured presenters to leading golf influencers in the Pacific Rim, Engelke and Doguet worked in a host of other stops. Those included a presentation at a zoysiagrass field day hosted by Brad Burgess, the owner of Sports Turf Solutions (STS) — which is Team Zoysia International’s exclusive licensee for Zeon zoysia in Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Indonesia and Vietnam — along with tours of several high-profile golf development projects in the region that feature zoysia varieties, including the Ernie Els Performance Golf Academy in Hanoi, Vietnam, and Ayutthaya Golf Club near Bangkok.

Join Engelke and Doguet’s trip vicariously via the following photos of their travels through Southeast Asia.

Brad Burgess with Sports Turf Solutions (left) and Doguet visit a zoysia nursery at Tan My Golf Course in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Burgess (right) and David Wyatt, also with STS, examine a fairway that had recently been grassed using both sod strips and sprigging.

A fully grown-in Zeon zoysia fairway at Cam Ranh Links in Vietnam, a Greg Norman-designed golf course scheduled to open in September 2018.

A non-zoysia photo: weeding crews removing bermudagrass from a contaminated seashore paspalum nursery.

Burgess (left) and Doguet present at a zoysiagrass field day put on by STS.

Expanded zoysia test plots at Sky 72 in Incheon, South Korea.

A Zeon zoysiagrass fairway at Ernie Els’ Performance Golf Academy in Hanoi, Vietnam.