STERF Newsletter #66
Save the Date - 18 & 19 September 2023
Sustainable Golf Courses: Integrated Turf Management. New research results and practical experiences. A Golf Course 2030 and STERF symposium

Location:           Sigtuna, near Stockholm Arlanda airport, Sweden
Program:           Day 1: Field Day, Sigtuna Golf Club - afternoon and evening.
                           Day 2: Symposium, Stora Brännbo, Sigtuna - all day.

This symposium is a part of the Golf Course 2030 program and is a joint R&A and STERF initiative. Results from the joint IPM-project “Integrated management of important turfgrass diseases, and insect pests on European golf courses” will be an important part of the symposium. The programme will also include; Future trends for the golf sector, Sustainable agronomy, IPM implementation in Sweden and case studies, update on on-going and new IPM projects.

An invitation with program and registration will follow soon!

Four new projects
This year four new projects have started. Read about them by visiting the project pages.

  • SCANGREEN: Turfgrass species and varieties for integrated pest management of Scandinavian putting greens, 2023-26
  • FAIRWAYS4FUTURE: Managing high quality golf course fairways and semi roughs without herbicides and less emission of greenhouse gases.
  • FAIR-WATER I: Towards better drought resistance and reduced water consumption on golf course fairways
  • GOLF LANDSCAPES: Biodiversity and multifunctionality of golf landscapes

  Project pages  
New articles and final report - SCANGREEN 2019-22
Four years testing (2019-22) of new varieties for greens in STERFs SCANGREEN project have been completed with a lot of new knowledge as output. The researchers have found significant differences in resistance to microdochium patch and dollar spot. Read the articles and the final report:

  • Article - What is the best seed mixture for putting greens?
  • Article - New varieties against dollar spot and microdochium patch
  • Final report - SCANGREEN 2019-22

Soon to be published are lists of all the tested seeds and seed mixtures for the Nordic countries.

  To the project page  
Video introducing STERF
A short marketing video was shown at the Swedish Golf Federations annual meeting. Three projects are presented in the video: IPM, SCANGREEN and “The golf course as an outdoor classroom”.