Sports Turf Research Institute presents golf green research at Druids Glen open day

Specialist grass seed breeder Barenbrug and the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) are presenting the results of a new research trial at an open-day on 16 September at the Druids Glen golf resort in County Wicklow, Ireland.

Research has been carried out to determine the influence of both ‘standard’ and ‘relaxed input’ maintenance regimes on different grass species on golf greens.

The project began in 2008 at the STRI’s golf course in Bingley, and an Irish version of the project began in September 2009 following an arrangement with Druids Glen.

Druids Glen course superintendent John O Sullivan said:  "The trials are producing some interesting and positive results; it provides us with clear information on which maintenance routines we should use on different species to give us the best greens.

"We’re looking forward to hosting the open-day in September so other greenkeepers and managers can see firsthand the variation of results and use the information to help progress their greens in the future."

Barenbrug’s research and development manager Jayne Leyland commented:  "We are obviously pleased with the preliminary results from this trial and hope we can share the knowledge we’ve learnt from the research with greenkeepers across Ireland in the near future.

"STRI has worked with us overseeing the trial and validating the results and is also providing objective data on how the trials greens are performing.

The open-day will include presentations on the trials, practical demonstrations on overseeding from Keith Kensett, and information for greenkeepers on the grass species and maintenance of their greens.

For further information and to book your place contact the STRI sales and marketing team on 01274 565131 or email

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