Golf News for Monday, March 23, 2009 | Business

Pike Creek Turf licensed producer of Celebration Bermudagrass

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Celebration Bermudagrass has benefited from rapid expansion in the golf, sports field, commercial and residential markets over the last few years. But in parts of Georgia, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle, it has been tougher to acquire a large amount of the improved grass for jobs like golf course installation. That will change soon with the addition of Adel, Georgia-based Pike Creek Turf, Inc. as a licensed producer of Celebration. Pike Creek Turf, which specializes in golf course installation, has a wide range and scope in the southeastern United States and was a perfect fit for this top-rated bermudagrass.

"We have seen Celebration's success in the South and watched its growth as a major player in the bermudagrass market," said Pike Creek's Owner Jimmy Allen. "We think we can help bring this grass to parts of the country where it hasn't been available before. Celebration is a success story and we expect this partnership to be mutually beneficial."

Pike Creek's desire to acquire a license to grow and sell Celebration stems from its exceptional performance in university studies and in real-world applications. Celebration has finished best in research studies looking at drought resistance and recovery, wear tolerance, divot-injury recovery and shade tolerance. Celebration has made major inroads into golf and athletics, being used by Nicklaus Design and other firms for golf course development. It also covered the field of the Champs Sports Bowl and Capital One Bowl in Orlando the past two years. Most recently, Celebration made the jump to the National Football League. Earlier this month it was installed at Raymond James Stadium, home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"Pike Creek's reputation for quality and knowledge of the industry make it a perfect fit for Celebration," stated Tobey Wagner, owner and president of Sod Solutions. "We needed someone with experience and dedicated resources that would be able to enhance usage in the golf and sports turf markets. Pike Creek ships its grass into multiple states in this part of the country and will be able to adequately supply demand."

Celebration fields totaling between 50 and 75 acres will be planted at Pike Creek's Adel, Georgia sod farm this spring and should be ready for harvest and sale by late summer.

About Pike Creek Turf
Founded in 1989, Pike Creek Turf has grown from a small 100 acre turfgrass farm to one of the leading turfgrass producers and installers in the southeastern United States. Now with over 1800 acres in turfgrass production, Pike Creek Turf has developed a strong reputation with golf course architects, developers, superintendents and contractors for the quality of its products, its installation services and its dedication to customers. Its commitment to maintaining varietal purity in its turfgrass production is unequalled in the industry. For more information, visit www.pikecreekturf.com or call 229.896.7581.

About Sod Solutions

Sod Solutions, Inc. is an international turfgrass development company incorporated in the early 90s. The company's primary research facility and headquarters is located near Charleston, S.C. Along with Celebration® Bermudagrass, Sod Solutions has released Palmetto® St. Augustine, EMPIRE Turf™, Sapphire® St. Augustine, Captiva ™ St. Augustine and Bella™ Bluegrass. For more information, visit www.sodsolutions.com or call 843.849.1288.

Media Contact:
Justin Wallace
Director of Communication
(843) 849-1288 x.108
jwallace@sodsolutions.com