The United States Golf Association (USGA) and the University of Minnesota have agreed to a five-year partnership to study and develop solutions to golf’s present and future challenges. The partnership, announced in November, will use the Les Bolstad Golf Course as a living, learning laboratory to support critical research projects, as well as a classroom for demonstrating best practices in course design, maintenance and operations. CFANS and other U of M colleges will collaborate with the USGA on research projects.
“In this time of significant societal change, it’s important that golf remain relevant to its broad customer base,” said Brian Horgan, professor in the Department of Horticultural Science who is leading the partnership. “A transdisciplinary approach to research will allow golf to be responsible in its consumption of resources, and help golf facilities provide an experience that is affordable, enjoyable and compatible with the time people have available for recreation.”