Are You Getting On The Celebration Train?

Celebration Bermudagrass Fairways in Northern Palm Beach County by Eric J. von Hofen
Celebration Bermudagrass continues to stake it’s claim in the golf course renovation market. More and more courses have switched out their contaminated 419 fairways to Celebration using a no till method. Palm Beach Country is the epicenter of the Celebration explosion. The switch out costs around $125,000 and takes about three months to grown in.

Celebration Bermudagrass Fairways in South Florida by Eric J. von Hofen

If you have managed any type of turfgrass during the last ten years, you probably have seen a few things change. Maybe not as many changes as your cell phone or computer, but pretty close. I moved to Palm Beach 1992 and the course I worked on had 419 Fairways, 328 tees and 328 greens. During these twenty years, I have seen numerous grasses come and go. From winter overseeding with Ryegrass to GN-1 to Tifsport. This is not to mention the boom of paspalum and new ultra dwarf bermudas for greens and tees.

Turf samples from a course in Miami, Fl by Eric J. von Hofen
My current 1925 Donald Ross golf course in Miami has eight different grasses on it. Some of them are still hanging around from when the place was built and we can’t get rid of them. Is Celebration our answer? It seems to be. Everyone I have talked to, that has switched to Celebration, has done it for these three reasons. Maintain a uniform stand of turf, playability and the striking green color. There is a price to pay for perfection though, Celebration needs a fair amount of verticutting and likes to be cut tightly.

According to the official Celebration web site, Celebration Bermudagrass is an Australian Breed Cynodon dactylon developed by renowned turfgrass breeder Rod Riley. Celebration delivers everything a superior turfgrass should: durability, exceptional recovery, softness, drought resistance and unmatched beauty.

Soft Texture

Cold tolerant

Extreme drought tolerance

More shade tolerance

Exceptional wear tolerance and divot recovery

Striking blue-green color

Uses: Home Lawns – Commercial Landscapes – Parks & Rec – Golf Courses – Sports Fields

I would like to hear your thoughts about Celebration. From a maintenance standpoint to your experiences in playability, let us know.

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