The Chicago District Golf Association Turfgrass Program was launched in 1985 with the hiring of Dr. Randy Kane. This position was created in an effort to provide CDGA member clubs a rapid onsite diagnostic service to help promote healthier turfgrass that improve playing conditions. Over time, this program evolved to include an applied research component in collaboration with other industry professionals across the Midwest. Dr. Kane was followed in this pursuit by Drs. Derek Settle (2006-2012), Ed Nangle (2013-2016), Jesse Benelli (2017-18) and Bobby Kerr (2019-21). Currently, Dr. Settle is in his second stint leading the CDGA Turfgrass Program.
The foundation of the Turfgrass Program is to provide research-based solutions to 400 member clubs and uses three vehicles to reach turfgrass professionals: education, research, and diagnostics. When the Association moved into the Midwest Golf House in 2001, numerous programs and services, including the Turfgrass Program, were expanded to benefit the membership. The newly constructed Sunshine Course located at Midwest Golf House was designed to facilitate turfgrass research and to provide a fun golfing experience to various youth organizations. This research site allows for collaborative research projects with other industry and academic professionals across the Midwest.
Numerous educational opportunities exist for CDGA member clubs. Research findings are disseminated to member clubs through various in-person and online avenues. In-person opportunities include educational meetings at various events including numerous GCSAA chapter meetings across the Midwest. Additionally, the CDGA hosts educational opportunities each year at Midwest Golf House. Online education includes the use of weekly scouting reports, research reports, social media and other digital platforms.
The CDGA Turfgrass Program conducts numerous research projects to provide up-to-date solutions to member organizations. Research projects includes turfgrass disease management, turfgrass weed control, turfgrass variety evaluations, and much more. Please contact Dr. Settle via email or by phone at (630) 685-2307 to collaborate on future research opportunities.
The CDGA Turfgrass Program offers a diagnostic service for golf course superintendents at member clubs. Diagnostic visits continue to be the foundation of the program. To receive diagnostic assistance, contact Dr. Settle via email or by phone at (630) 685-2307.
Produced weekly by Dr. Derek Settle and Shehbaz Singh during the golf season, the CDGA Turfgrass Scouting Report features industry-specific content on the preceding week's turf conditions. Content includes pictures, weather data and research to illustrate what is currently happening and/or what is predicted to happen in the Midwest.
In select issues of Chicago District Golfer magazine, CDGA Green Committee members write pieces on turfgrass topics that impact every golfer. Reading these articles will give golfers a better understanding of the challenges faced by superintendents and grounds crews. Articles include best practices on the golf course, recent environmental impacts and more.
Each year, research is conducted around the Chicago District by Dr. Derek Settle and Shehbaz Singh. In 2023, Singh presented two divot research posters at the annual Crop Science meeting. The CDGA Green Committee provided the idea for the research, with the goal being to find the best way to achieve speedy recovery on tee boxes.
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