The Sports Turf Research Institute

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The History of the Sports Turf Research Institute: 

The History of the Sports Turf Research Institute By Sam Bauer


1929 Board of Greenkeeping Research founded in 1929 Norman Hackett R.B. Dawson (First Director) Established by the Home Golf Unions and the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews


1929 Site chosen on the St. Ives Estate near Bingley, Yorkshire. Criteria for site based on: Central location Average atmospheric conditions Good variability of soil types Convenient access

Map of England: 

Map of England


1929 Early Research- Selection of grasses for fine turf situations Breeding for sports turf (mainly golf) Fertilizer requirements for certain species Weed control




1930 First conference of Greenkeepers June 21st Golf Courses from France, South Africa, The Netherlands, England


1934 Lending library established in Bingley for greenkeepers Original 3 acres expanded to 17.5 acres


1937 First greenkeeper training course established, targeted toward the science of turfgrass management Red Fescue breeding produces a selection available for golf courses Total number of research plots 1609 Machinery display established


1939 'Practical Lawn Craft' by STRI co-founder R.B. Dawson was published


1948 '..much of the information gleaned from the work of STRI is now being assimilated into general practice for turf upkeep' R B Dawson 1948


1950 Visitors total 1135 – The highest recorded in 21 years Installation of a new chemistry lab to mark the 21st anniversary


1951 Growth of other sports prompts a name change to The Sports Turf Research Institute (Sept. 3rd) Turfgrass researched for: Football, rugby, tennis, cricket, horse racing, lawn bowling Sports Turf Bulletin created



1953-54 Financial difficulties lead to the establishment of a 'Research Fund' Disease research progressing Colletotrichum sp. identified attacking annual bluegrass


1959-62 First lady student at the training course (1959) 'Fungal Diseases of Turfgrasses' by Drew Smith (1959) New method of greens construction established by USGA (1960) 'Identification of Grasses in Non-flowering Condition' by David Clouston (1962)


1969-73 The first International Turfgrass Research Conference July 1969, Harrogate 200 different grass varieties being tested, 26 different trials (1971) 'Practical Lawn Craft' by R.B. Dawson out of print after 34 years (1973)


1974 The National Environment Council (NERC) provides funding for research into trials on turfgrass cultivars and mixtures Stimulation of studies on wear tolerance Wear machines created by Mike Canaway (future Head of Research)

Wear Machine: 

Wear Machine


1979 50 year anniversary The Golden Jubilee 1929-1979 ‘Golden Jubilee Research Fund’ generates £10,000 (~$18,000)


1980 Inauguration of The National Turfgrass Council (October) 20 representatives from across the turfgrass industry Dedicated to research, education, and information provision


1987-92 Royal and Ancient Championship Committee named STRI as official agronomists (1987) Responsible for overseeing the British Open, Amateur Championship, and the Walker Cup STRI most successful year to date (1992) Over 1,100 golf course visits


1996-97 Black and white 'Sports Turf Bulletin' is replaced by the new colorful 'International Turfgrass Bulletin' (1996) STRI launches its first 'Bowling Green Maintenance' video (1997) 'Journal of Sports Turf Research Institute' changed to the 'Journal of Turfgrass Science' (1997)

A New Look!: 

A New Look!


1998-99 First website launched (1998) Ecology Research Unit is established (1999) 'Turfgrass Titles of the World' is launched (1999) Hemiview developed for assessing shade coverage on golf course greens (1999)




2001 STRI’s new Irrigation Services installs one of the most advanced irrigation systems in the world at St. Andrews STRI is appointed as the official testing site for the British Rootzone and Topdressing Manufacturer’s Association (BRTMA)


2003-04 BALI awards STRI Sports Turf Designer of the Year for the Lord’s Outfield project (2003) 75th Anniversary (2004) Turf Professional awards STRI Sports Turf Project of the Year for the Lord’s project (2004)




Today There are literally hundreds of projects that STRI is involved with today, concentrated into four main categories: Agronomy Ecology Golf Course Development Sports Facility Construction


Today With companies like The Sports Turf Research Institute the turfgrass science industry will continue to progress, leaving in it’s trail a beautiful site for everyone to enjoy!

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