America's first golf course was built in Charleston, SC in 1786. Today, there are over 380 courses across the state and the golf industry has a total economic impact of over $2.7 billion.
The Clemson University Turfgrass Program is conducted by an interdisciplinary group of faculty in the departments of Horticulture and Entomology, Soils and Plant Sciences.
Recently, Clemson turfgrass pathologist Bruce Martin was awarded the Col. John Morley Distinguished Service Award by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) during its national conference in Orlando on February 5.
Martin is considered one of the leading applied turfgrass pathologists in the world. During his 26 years at Clemson, his work has focused primarily on identifying and controlling turfgrass diseases through the development of fungicides and nematicides. Martin’s research laboratory is located at Clemson’s 2,300-acre Pee Dee Research and Education Center in Florence.