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I expected a thread on vandalism.
The new grass technology as pertains to turf types isn't cost prohibitive. The cost comes in conversion, regrassing can be very costly and time consuming and the shut down time is often the reason why a lower end course can't afford to take the chance on regrassing in quick and effective ways. If you rely on daily income to keep afloat then the only way to convert turf types is to do it gradually and while play is continuing. Establishing new turf while play is in progress is very difficult especially with cart traffic in the mix. In an ideal scenario you could realize cost savings from newer turf types that use less fertilizer and water if you could just get them in place.
Advice from a cynic; give it a little time. Ben, this is not the first time you have posted excitement over new cultivars as the cure all for numerous problems. Understandable for all of us are searching for the 'magic bullet". In my experience, each of the new strainshave strengths and weaknesses. I can remember when Crenshaw Bent was all the rage not to mention L93. Improvements keep coming but the process of growing grass suitable for golf under varying conditions is quite complex and does not remain constant. So don't get too excited and understand that whatever one plants (or sprigs) there will be issues. Keeping this in mind also protects the Superintendents from unreasonable expectations.
What happened to Pure Distinction? Please tell me the era of Pure D is not over!