Masters for 2015: How to Replicate the Speed of the Greens at Augusta National Recap

Posted on in Athletics, Augusta National, News, Putting Greens & Golf, Specialty Sports, Stimp Speeds, Stimpmeter, The Masters.

Getting an accurate speed for the greens at Augusta National is next to impossible, but how hard is it to replicate?

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The famed Amen Corner at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.

It’s been rated as the number one course in the country, and its fairways, greens, bunkers and water hazards have been seen by more eyes than any other course in the world.  Yet, the track in Augusta, Georgia known as Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive and closely guarded golf courses in the world.

And while it may not be the most exclusive golf course in the world (we’re not saying it isn’t), it certainly has the perceived reputation as being one of the toughest.

The fact is no one really knows for sure just how tough it is.  This is because the club has forbidden Augusta to be officially rated by the United States Golf Association.

But in 1991, a team of experts descended upon the hallowed grounds to do just that.  Led by the late Ross Goodner and the inventor of the course ratings system, Dean Knuth, the group set out to provide those of us who would never set foot between the ropes of Augusta a rating for the course.

Course ratings tell how difficult a course is to a scratch golfer, or a golfer with a handicap of zero.  Next to that rating is the slope rating, which tells how difficult the course is for a bogey golfer (handicap of 18) in relation to the course rating.

In 1991, Goodner and company rated Augusta National at 76.2, which basically meant that a scratch golfer could expect to shoot around 76.   At the time this would have made Augusta National one of the ten toughest courses in the United States.

Then in 2010, Knuth set out to re-rate Augusta, and he is very good at what he does.

He walked the course over the three practice rounds to establish that the course rating had increased to 78.1, still one of the ten toughest in the United States.  This is due, in no small part, to the course being lengthened by more than 500 yards since 1991.

But Knuth also provided an educated guess at the stimp speed of the greens.  Stimp speed measures how far a ball will roll when gravity pulls it down a ramp angled at about 20 degrees.  He arrived at 12 feet, basing this on counting the number of paces players were walking on the greens during those practice rounds.

The greens at Augusta have the reputation for being some of the fastest in the world.

One of the primary reasons for this dates back to 1980, when the greens at Augusta National changed from Bermudagrass to Bentgrass because officials there felt it would produce a more consistent option for tremendous green speed year round.

Now, several things make getting a stimp speed at Augusta impossible.  First, stimp meters aren’t allowed through the gates, making any stimp speed an educated guess at best.  Second, and probably more important, it is widely believed that there isn’t a long enough stretch of Augusta green that is perfectly flat.

One professional jokingly recommended rolling the ball uphill to try and get an accurate stimp speed.  Augusta officials don’t want this information to get out to the general public, and thus, they don’t gather the information for themselves.

So, since most people will never get the chance to play at Augusta, how will they ever know how fast the greens roll, and how ticklish every short putt can be?

Synthetic Turf International manufactures and sells the most realistic synthetic putting surfaces on the market today.  STI can provide a green that rolls true at a speed of 10.5 feet.

A putting green infilled with ceramic sand can roll true at speeds up to 14 feet.

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STI installation experts created a miniature version of the famed 12th green at Augusta.

Our network of over 100 dealers can install a putting green that will meet your budget and exceed your expectations every time.

We can’t recreate the natural greens at Augusta National, but we can provide the closest synthetic putting surface to replicate greens like those found at Amen Corner, with stimp speeds, undulations and breaks as close to the real thing as possible.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World…and a better short game.

2014 Callaway Girls Junior World Champion Bella Dovhey Pratices on STI Turf

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STI got to meet the 2014 Callaway Junior World Golf Champion when six year old Bella Dovhey stopped by the booth with her dad

photo (3)This year, at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, the STI Booth had a special guest.

Her name is Bella Dovhey, and she is the winner of the 2014 Callaway World Golf Championship, which was played last July in San Diego, California.  Bella won the tournament by sinking a six foot par putt on the fifth playoff hole.  The win was one of her 103 first place finishes in 114 tournaments.

She has competed in tournaments around the world, including the US Kids Golf European Championship last May.  During her visit to Scotland, Bella and her father played golf at the Old Course at St. Andrews, the host of the 2015 Open Championship, and Gleneagles.

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Bella’s dad, Mike, attributes her confidence and skill with the putter to her daily practice routine, which consists of 50 short putts before school and before bed on STI turf, to her winning the World Championship.

She practices chipping by hitting over Mustangs.

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And don’t think she’s just good for her age.

She matched her all time best round in competition at a US Kids Tampa Tour event, where she fired a 6-under 30 over the nine hole event.During that round, she made six birdies with no bogies.

In 2013, Bella won the 7 and Under Division of the US Kids Regional Championship in Galloway, New Jersey as a five year old.

She’s already made a hole-in-one at her home course, Twin Rivers Golf Course in Oviedo, Florida, and has as many eagles in one round as most of us have in our whole lives, two.  Not bad for a girl who has had to play up in a higher age group in 80 percent of the tournaments she’s entered.  Against girls her own age, she’s undefeated.

She’s been featured on the Golf Channel Morning Drive program numerous times, including a backstage visit at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show.  While there, she was lucky enough to meet Golf Channel hosts Matt Ginella and Holly Sonders, and Donald Trump, who was there for a brief visit.

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And Trump isn’t even the biggest name celebrity she’ s had the privilege of meeting.

At an event in Orlando a few years ago, Bella was hitting golf balls and was spotted by Brandel Chamblee with the Golf Channel.  He asked her to participate in an instructional golf clinic he was giving where the likes of Hall of Famer Barry Larkin, TV host Maury Povich and Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander were watching her hit golf balls.  Later that night, she met Bryce Harper and Brooks Robinson, another baseball Hall of Famer.  Harper talked with her and her father about the importance of having a supportive family, recalling some of his earliest childhood memories were of his father pitching to him the yard.

A year later, she met Jack Nicklaus, who autographed the glove she was wearing.  And recently she was photographed hitting balls with Paula Creamer.  Talk about rubbing shoulders with celebrities.

Already at a young age, Bella Dovhey is making her mark in the golf world.  She credits STI for helping her to become the player she is, and we hope to be hearing from her for a long time.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World…and a better short game.

Featured Application: The Tee Line at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, WA

Posted on in EZTee, News, STI Featured Application.

Bart Baranco and the folks at Virtual Turf Systems recently installed an EZTee® Hybrid Plus Tee Line at Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place, Washington.

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The project was installed on February 17, 2015 in preparation for the upcoming 2015 U.S. Open. The Chambers Bay Golf Course is the first course to host the Open in the Pacific Northwest, and with rolling fairways and unpredictable coastal winds, the course is sure to provide obstacles and excitement seldom seen at the U.S. Opens.

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Chamber’s Bay marks the first installation of STI’s EZTee ® Hybrid Plus. Unlike some other tee line products, the EZTee® Hybrid Plus actually holds a real tee over the life of the product, allowing for a truly natural swing. That’s why it is used by PGA professionals, teachers, tour players and numerous top rated facilities around the world. As gorgeous as the Chamber’s Bay Golf Course is, it is made even more so with the addition of Synthetic Turf International’s EZTee® Hybrid Plus, as it will allow natural grass on the practice range to heal while still providing golfers with a place to practice and warm-up.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World

STI University & 2015 Dealer Conference

Posted on in Dealer Conference, New Dealer Recruitment, News, STI University.

Over the past 6 months we here at STI have been working long hours in preparation for the STI Dealers Conference and the first STI University (STIU) class.

We’ve all heard of McDonald’s famous Hamburger University. Think a similar concept, minus the food accoutrements. The course is a day and half, where STI provides dealers all of the education and tools needed to succeed in the synthetic turf industry.
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The first STIU was well attended by 11 individuals, each of whom went through what could be considered a crash course in STI. They were treated to a tour of the manufacturing facility. They also received educational materials, turf samples and took part in a hands on installation workshop inside of the facility. The STI University is designed to relay to attendees the benefits and privileges of embracing the STI brand.
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The Dealer Conference allows new and existing dealers the chance to come together and learn from one another. At the Conference (and STIU) they are all introduced to new products, they get to touch them and experience them straight from the source.
The NJPA (National Joint Powers Alliance) contract was debuted at the conference and well received by those in attendance. The NJPA is a contract program that creates a unique buying relationship between member buyers and contracted suppliers.
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After the domestic STIU and dealer’s conference, the Canadian STIU followed closely and we were immediately able see where we could improve the course and experience for future classes.
Jeffrey McDaniel stated that, “We want graduates of STIU to come away from a day and a half with us ready to sell and install our products.”

The course helps provide that confidence boost that some dealers were needing to close sales. In fact, Dakota Harp mentioned, “There were dealers closing sales by the end of the week,” due to their newfound confidence thanks to STIU.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World

STI Offers the Best Synthetic Putting Greens On the Market Today

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If the old saying “you drive for show and putt for dough” is true STI can help you Experience A GREENER World with a synthetic putting green

DSC02051Every January, millions of Americans flock to gyms and fitness centers, resolving to get into better shape and live a healthier lifestyle.

But, by mid February those resolutions fall by the wayside in favor more time on the couch or, God forbid, the golf course.

Wouldn’t you rather spend the month of January getting an edge on all those folks going to the gym by putting in some serious (and seriously fun) work on your short game with a putting green of your own at home?

With a synthetic putting green from Synthetic Turf International, you can get some much needed work on the most important part of your golf game, your short game, where you truly lower your scores.  STI manufactures putting, chipping and target greens for installation in almost any area.  Whether your backyard is nothing more than a small patio in the city, or a sprawling rural landscape , STI and our national network of skilled dealers can design a green that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations every time.

STI greens are also a practical addition to any golf practice facility, indoor or outdoor.  Colleges and Universities have used STI greens in their practice facilities, as well as top teaching professionals and a Masters Champion.  You can also find STI greens at PGA Tour Superstores locations nationwide.

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Synthetic Turf International manufactures and sells the most realistic synthetic putting surfaces on the market today.  STI can provide a nylon green that rolls true at a speed of 10.5 feet.  When infilled with ceramic sand, STI greens can roll true at speeds up to 14 feet.

We can’t recreate the natural greens at Augusta National, but we can provide the closest synthetic putting surface to replicate greens like those found at Amen Corner or your local course, with stimp speeds, undulations and breaks as close to the real thing as possible.  Our network of over 100 dealers can install a putting green that will meet your budget and exceed your expectations every time.  And a synthetic putting green in your backyard can be fun for the whole family.

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Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World…and a better short game.

STI Delivers Turf Solution for College Football Playoff Fan Central Event

Posted on in Athletics, college football playoff fan central field, News, Press, Sports Fields, Synthetic Turf International.

STI Featured Application: STI Florida provides a full size turf field for the College Football Playoff Fan Central Event in Dallas, Texas

 

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By now we’ve all heard the big news.  There’s a playoff in major college football.  When Oregon and Ohio State kickoff Monday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game the National Championship will finally be decided on the field.

The atmosphere in Dallas has been near Super Bowl levels for the past few weeks in anticipation of the big game, and this year, there was a considerable amount of weekend fanfare thrown into the mix.  The College Football Playoff Fan Central Event was held over the weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.  Attendees were treated to concerts, fun interactive games and the official Media Day.

And since everything is bigger in Texas, no mini field would do.  The event needed a full size field.

That’s where STI came in.

The construction of the full size field took only two days.

The biggest hurdle for a project of this size, with the time constraints around the holidays, is installation.  How does one install a full size, portable field inside a convention center, only to be torn down three days later?

STI spent the better part of the month of December building the field at their manufacturing facility.  The field consists of 130 rolls, and is seamed together using a proprietary velcro system.  When the Fan Central Event ends, the field will be pulled up and used again.  Essentially, STI has created a completely full size, portable field that can be used again and again.

The field requires no infill and is installed with a performance cushion backing.

Ohio State QB Cardale Jones addresses the media.

The high water mark of the Fan Central Event was Media Day, which was held on the field Saturday morning.  Players and coaches from both teams spent several hours on the field answering questions and meeting with fans and media.

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Later in the afternoon on Saturday, the field hosted a youth football clinic, presented by USA Football, where youth players and coaches were given instruction, and the kids had chance to run around on the field.

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The field played host to marching bands from both Oregon and Ohio State on Sunday.

The Ohio State Marching Band performs during the OSU Pep Rally Sunday.

STI is honored to be chosen as the turf provider for the College Football Playoff Fan Central Event.  Here’s hoping that the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game lives up to its billing.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World.

 

 

 

Manluk Global Manufacturing Indoor Soccer Complex

Posted on in Athletics, News, Specialty Sports, Sports Fields, STI Featured Application.

STI Featured Application: Synthetic Turf of Canada’s Manluk Global Manufacturing Indoor Soccer Complex in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, Canada was completed and installed earlier this year

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This week’s featured application comes to us from our neighbors to the north, STI Canada.  This is the Manluk Global Manufacturing Indoor Soccer Complex in Wetaskiwin, Alberta.  The field was manufactured here in Dalton, by our AquaFab department.  The turf is our AT 740 over a 5MM foam padding, with velcro seams attached. The field is divided into nine separate panels.  The velcro makes the field portable, as it can be picked up and put down again and again.

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The field measures 104 feet long and 96 feet wide.  It is lined so that a divider can be place across the center line to create two smaller fields.

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Because of the portability of the field, it can be moved to different locations and used for events outside of soccer.

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Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World.

Need Synthetic Turf For Your Trade Show Booth? STI Has Got You Covered

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Do you need synthetic turf for your trade show booth in 2015?   Contact Synthetic Turf International today to experience a greener world in your booth.

The STI Booth at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show.

Over the past several weeks, the folks at STI have been walking quite a few trade shows, and noticed a common link between many of the show exhibitors, synthetic turf.

In many cases, planners and designers are already working on their trade show booths for 2015.  For those exhibitors looking to implement synthetic turf into their booth design, Synthetic Turf International would love to be your turf provider.

Combining its years of experience with unmatched quality and service, Synthetic Turf International has remained as the leader in residential synthetic turf market by consistently prodicing and providing the absolute best products and installation available.

You can expect the same commitment to superior quality and top-notch service when we assist your company with a custom booth design, and any other synthetic turf needs you or your company may have for 2015 and beyond.

The possibilities and applications are endless with STI.  We have found through our many years supplying trade show exhibitors thatmany prefer a natural landscape style of turf, which lends the feel and appearance of natural grass.  Or, you may prefer a putting green to draw prospective customers and attendees into your booth.

Whatever the design, Synthetic Turf International can provide a solution that meets your needs and exceeds your expectations.

The view from above the Callaway Tank Putting Green, the most photographed and visited booth at the 2014 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a greener trade show booth.

Hardscapes North America and Green Industry and Equipment Expo

Posted on in HNA and GIE, Lawn & Landscape, News, Press.

STI paid a brief visit to the Hardscapes North America and Green Industry and Equipment Expo last week in Louisville, Kentucky

 

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Last week, the folks at STI visited the Hardscapes North America and Green Industry and Equipment Expo in Louisville, Kentucky.  In the two combined shows, more than 750 exhibitors showcased the latest and best new products in hardscapes, lawn and garden tools and equipment, landscape maintenance, outdoor leisure, rental lines and outdoor power equipment.

This year’s show marked the seventh anniversary of HNA, which is one of the largest hardscape industry trade shows in the world, with an estimated 17,000 hardscape and landscape contractors and distributors attendees from all over North America and the world.  The shows covered more than 1,000,000 square feet, including the 642,000 square feet outdoor demonstration area, where heavy equipment and product demonstrations were happening throughout the show.

The event also displayed the latest technology in water features and displays and outdoor lighting.

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The large outdoor demonstration area hosted workshops for beginners to learn the basics of building a backyard fire pit and an interlocking paver installation, presented by industry professionals.

The outdoor demonstration area also featured several hardscape construction competitions.  Competitors would race against the clock, to complete paver projects.  This competition wasn’t for the average do-it-yourselfer.  Every entrant in the competition was a professionally certified paver installer.  Throughout the two day event, the competitors completed various paver and retaining wall projects.

Visitors could also demo the equipment found outside, from operating a front end loader to cutting wood with a chainsaw.

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HNA was also a great place to earn Continuing Education Credits and certifications.  There were several workshops and seminars where landscape contractors could learn new techniques for installations.  HNA also featured several conferences, allowing contractors to discuss everything from ways to help grow their business and market their brand to the best methods for increasing efficiency on the jobsite.

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Of course there was plenty of entertainment in Louisville.  Fourth Street Live is a dining and entertainment district near downtown Louisville, where nightly free concerts were held.  Montgomery Gentry was the headliner the first night.  The Crashers and Jamie Lynn Spears played the second night before Olivia Henken and Josh Logan, finalists on NBC’s The Voice closed out the week.

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World.

The New Immanuel Lutheran School Swingset Playground is a Hit in Idaho

Posted on in News, Playground Surfaces, STI Featured Application, Synthetic Turf International.

STI Featured Application: The Immanuel Lutheran School Swingset Playground was recently completed by Jason and Hailey Barnes with Final Cut Synthetic Turf in Twin falls, Idaho

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It’s really neat to see the difference synthetic turf is making in providing a safer, cleaner and in most cases greener world.  This week’s Featured Application is no exception.  The fine folks at Final Cut Synthetic Turf went to work to install and upgrade the swingset space at Immanuel Lutheran School, and succeeded in every way.

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The old surface was a simple pea gravel space that was overgrown with weeds and patches of dirt.  Parents were complaining that their children would bring home pebbles in their shoes and pockets from this playground area.  And after it rained, there was no swinging as recess was either indoors, or confined to the blacktop area due the muddy mess.

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The Final Cut crew first smoothed out the existing surface and framed the area for concrete.  Once the concrete perimeter was poured, a layer of stone dust was added and compacted before the playground pad was installed. Finally, the turf was laid, and infilled with sand.

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The turf has been a great addition because it’s ADA compliant and provides a better critical fall height than the old surface (so it’s safer), there’s no more dirt and pesky pebbles (so it’s cleaner), there’s no more mud after rainy days (which makes the kids happy) and it’s maintenance free and stays green all year.

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“This has been an incredible transformation that will be appreciated by all parents that have found rocks in their washers from the previous pea graveled surface. This surface is now ADA compliant and meets an 8 foot fall height,” said Hailey Barnes with Final Cut Synthetic Turf, who added, “It is beautiful and extremely comfortable to walk on. We like to think that we have created a surface to safely swing and to practice gymnastics! Thank you Immanuel Lutheran, this was a fantastic project and you were a wonderful client!”

Visit our application page for more information, browse our gallery for ideas and contact Synthetic Turf International to Experience A Greener World and a cleaner, maintenance free playground.