The Fairway Report
On July 10, 2023, the University of Georgia Golf Course hosted a Special Olympics of Georgia Regional Tournament. With over 100 supporters, friends, and family members, the event provided an excellent opportunity for everyone to get outside, get active, and connect with each other.
I have a feeling that I do not need to tell you that golf is doing really well right now. I am sure you are having to be diligent when booking your tee time since they are in such high demand. The increased traffic on the course presents some unique challenges for us. One of those challenges is the stress placed on the turf from increased cart and foot traffic. We have employed several strategies to create a balance in order to prevent loss of turf on the course while maintaining patron satisfaction.
Scott Griffith, Associate Director of Agronomy and Assistant Golf Course Manager at the UGA Golf Course has been named Superintendent of the Year by the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA).
The UGA Golf Course has made quite a name for itself over many years, and the recognition for that has increased in recent months.
Honeybees have been a teaching and research topic at the University of Georgia for many years. These insects are important to American agriculture because they pollinate a wide variety of crops, contributing to food diversity and security. The UGA Golf Course is the latest group to commit to the mission of sustainable bee management.
A premier public course, the University of Georgia's Golf Course prides itself on its commitment to environmental stewardship, water management, and sustainability. No one knows this better than the Golf Course's Superintendent, Scott Griffith. Recently, Scott was awarded the Environmental Leadership Award on behalf of the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GGCSA) for his efforts in creating a template that sets a standard for best practices in the state.
2021 was a banner year for the UGA Golf Course, as the course received state and national recognition for its offerings and service to patrons.
"Fifty years ago, it started as a facility for the health and physical education department to use as a teaching tool. Today, it's one of the country's top collegiate courses." --UGA Magazine, pg 38-39
"The University of Georgia Golf Course in Athens, which hosted the NCAA Women's Championship this year , offers 10 nine-hole rounds for $115 with its University G-Pass. About 1,000 golfers took advantage of the bargain in 2012, with a rewards program that leads to free rounds and merchandise."
"We can't forget about the importance of the golf course, which is in pristine condition, and what the players experience. That's where this venue picks up most of its points. Experience can mean a lot and in this case the University of Georgia Golf Course is no rookie, having had many repetitions to make sure the execution of a quality golf tournament is met."