HGTC Turf Care and Demonstration Center under Construction
Golf and Sports Turf Management Program constructs new center for instruction.
Horry-Georgetown Technical College (HGTC) is excited to announce the construction of the new Turf Care and Demonstration Center for the Golf and Sports Turf Management program. The College recently broke ground on the 27,500 square ft. center located on the Conway campus off of Technology and Victory Drive. The center was uniquely designed by local Myrtle Beach Golf Course Architect, Craig Schreiner.
“The purpose of the new Turf Care and Demonstration Center is to provide applications based learning and student, community, and industry engagement,” said Charles Granger, HGTC Professor and Chair of Golf & Sports Turf Management.
The center will feature:
- Par 3 hole with TifEagle putting surface
- Bentgrass and bermudagrass demonstration green
- Seven (7) types of lawn grasses for homeowners and lawn care professionals to evaluate,
One (1) bunker
- Zoysia tee
- Toro Irrigation system designed to maximize efficiency while reducing the need to irrigate.
The system is also designed for golf, commercial and residential situations respectively. The drainage system will keep all water on the HGTC campus.
“The center will allow students the ability to learn in a hands on environment and study real-time, real-world agronomic challenges and practices,” continued Granger.
The Turf Care and Demonstration Center should be completed and ready for students and the community to enjoy August 1.
Just this year, the HGTC Turf Bowl Team named the “Fighting Mole Crickets” were champions of the 2019 Carolinas Turf Bowl Championship at the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (CGCSA) Conference and Show. The team also represented the College on the national level. Professors Charles Granger, George McCauley and Ashley Wilkinson prepared the “Fighting Mole Crickets” team to place 11th out of 53 teams and the first place two-year school in the competition.