This month’s featured install comes from our STI Regina team. You can see the drastic difference just from the first photo having no grass down, to the second photo showcasing their completed synthetic turf project.
This feature showcases our very popular middle of the line product; SoftLawn Bluegrass Blend. This artificial turf has such a realistic aesthetic about it, standing 1 3/4″ tall and 82 oz/sq.yd, at a very reasonable price.
The finished project makes this backyard look so inviting and green! Thank you STI Regina for supplying the photos for this month’s featured install.
SoftLawn Bluegrass Blend backyard install June, 2015
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Getting an accurate speed for the greens at Augusta National is next to impossible, but how hard is it to replicate?
The famed Amen Corner at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
It’s been rated as the number one course in the country, and its fairways, greens, bunkers and water hazards have been seen by more eyes than any other course in the world. Yet, the track in Augusta, Georgia known as Augusta National Golf Club is one of the most exclusive and closely guarded golf courses in the world.
And while it may not be the most exclusive golf course in the world (we’re not saying it isn’t), it certainly has the perceived reputation as being one of the toughest.
The fact is no one really knows for sure just how tough it is. This is because the club has forbidden Augusta to be officially rated by the United States Golf Association.
But in 1991, a team of experts descended upon the hallowed grounds to do just that. Led by the late Ross Goodner and the inventor of the course ratings system, Dean Knuth, the group set out to provide those of us who would never set foot between the ropes of Augusta a rating for the course.
Course ratings tell how difficult a course is to a scratch golfer, or a golfer with a handicap of zero. Next to that rating is the slope rating, which tells how difficult the course is for a bogey golfer (handicap of 18) in relation to the course rating.
In 1991, Goodner and company rated Augusta National at 76.2, which basically meant that a scratch golfer could expect to shoot around 76. At the time this would have made Augusta National one of the ten toughest courses in the United States.
Then in 2010, Knuth set out to re-rate Augusta, and he is very good at what he does.
He walked the course over the three practice rounds to establish that the course rating had increased to 78.1, still one of the ten toughest in the United States. This is due, in no small part, to the course being lengthened by more than 500 yards since 1991.
But Knuth also provided an educated guess at the stimp speed of the greens. Stimp speed measures how far a ball will roll when gravity pulls it down a ramp angled at about 20 degrees. He arrived at 12 feet, basing this on counting the number of paces players were walking on the greens during those practice rounds.
The greens at Augusta have the reputation for being some of the fastest in the world.
One of the primary reasons for this dates back to 1980, when the greens at Augusta National changed from Bermudagrass to Bentgrass because officials there felt it would produce a more consistent option for tremendous green speed year round.
Now, several things make getting a stimp speed at Augusta impossible. First, stimp meters aren’t allowed through the gates, making any stimp speed an educated guess at best. Second, and probably more important, it is widely believed that there isn’t a long enough stretch of Augusta green that is perfectly flat.
One professional jokingly recommended rolling the ball uphill to try and get an accurate stimp speed. Augusta officials don’t want this information to get out to the general public, and thus, they don’t gather the information for themselves.
So, since most people will never get the chance to play at Augusta, how will they ever know how fast the greens roll, and how ticklish every short putt can be?
Synthetic Turf International manufactures and sells the most realistic synthetic putting surfaces on the market today. STI can provide a green that rolls true at a speed of 10.5 feet.
A putting green infilled with ceramic sand can roll true at speeds up to 14 feet.
STI installation experts created a miniature version of the famed 12th green at Augusta.
Our network of over 100 dealers can install a putting green that will meet your budget and exceed your expectations every time.
We can’t recreate the natural greens at Augusta National, but we can provide the closest synthetic putting surface to replicate greens like those found at Amen Corner, with stimp speeds, undulations and breaks as close to the real thing as possible.
STI Kelowna completed a full renovation of this Kelowna, BC client’s front and back yard. They had sod down and rough landscaping before STI Kelowna came in. The entire transformation took five days to complete.
As you can see from the photo, there was sod down like many of you probably have currently. There is a lot of flexibility with the prep work, we can do as little or as much of it as you like for the most part. This client decided to have us do the whole project, so we began by removing all organics.
Before Photo of the Front Yard
Once the sod and organics have been removed, we prepare the sub base. Next, we bring in crush/sand and flatten them to the required depth, slope, etc. This is where any wanted contours are built, especially for putting greens.
Next is the fun part, the turf is involved! We lay out the turf where it is going to be positioned. We begin to cut the turf from here to the correct shape and size. By now it is starting to look like a yard again!
Our installers will begin the seaming process next; laying seaming tape along the edges of the turf. Glue will then be brushed over the tape and the turf will be carefully laid down over it so all seams line up flawlessly. The turf can now be secured using 5” galvanized spikes along the edges.
The final step is to brush in the infill, if required for the chosen turf, using a broom.
The Finished Project:
Now the homeowner has a much more usable space to enjoy their large outdoor area in the front and back of their house! The bright colour adds a great visual curb appeal compared to the dull dirt and patchy grass that was there before. They even included their personal love for flower beds by lining the outer areas with trees and flowers to keep it colourful! We know these clients will enjoy their summer with a brand new outdoor space for entertaining!
To learn more contact us and we will set up an appointment with you.
The completed project
Military personnel are exposed to various hazards on a regular basis, so they deserve to wear the best possible protection. Whether it be advanced armour or protective fabrics, they require equipment that will not fail them or their aircraft/vehicles. That’s why they choose to use TenCate for many of their protective fabrics and armour.
TenCate develops the most comprehensive, high performance range of fabrics. They provide solutions for emergency response teams, military forces, shoreline protection, mobility, sports and leisure. TenCate’s products are so advanced they are currently being used on spacecraft to ensure fuel efficiency and sustainability through space.
Did you know that a synthetic turf sport field can be a source of drinking water? “Only 27% of households (in North West, SA) have access to safe drinking water, and various local communities are even faced with a total lack of sustainable drinking water. Groundwater is becoming increasingly polluted, for example through intensive mining, industrial activities and unclean irrigation of agriculture. Another major challenge in water management is the ability to grow sufficient healthy food to feed a growing and more affluent population and at the same time to satisfy the many other demands made on limited water resources. Efficient and productive water consumption is thus essential.” (AMMON foundation, 2013)
TenCate and Pentair installed 20 GreenSource sport fields in South Africa. The system achieves two goals: on the one hand, sustainable water buffering, water filtration and water distribution, and on the other, high quality multi-sports activities on high quality synthetic turf football pitches. Learn more about how synthetic turf is becoming a source of clean drinking water. You can see more photos of these systems here.
TenCate also understands the importance of a safe and reliable playing surface for fast paced sports activities. Whether you’re a professional or amateur player, you are exposed to the risk of an injury during play. They also provide various synthetic turf systems for each sport. TenCate on American football, “this sport requires a safe and reliable surface, so that ball bounce and roll, as well as rotational friction, energy restitution, shock absorption and sliding resistance are optimal and cannot cause any injuries.” (TenCate, Follow them on Twitter @TenCate) Synthetic Turf International appreciated the value put on players’ well being, as well as the strong understanding of the differences among various athletic surfaces.
Recent install of a sports field using TenCate yarn
Synthetic Turf International is pleased to use industry leading TenCate yarn for our synthetic turf systems, including many yarn varieties and perhaps most importantly our primary backing which gives us industry setting 13lbs and up tuft binds. STI has been using TenCate yarns for over a decade. Their wide range of yarns allows us to provide our customers over 200 types of synthetic turf, but if that’s not enough. We will work with our customers to design a turf that meets their exact needs. Most recently we worked with a company in the golf industry to create a new turf that works for their fast paced, innovative new golf activity designed to attract young people.
Sample of TenCate yarn and their primary backing
Contact your local dealer to learn more about what Synthetic Turf is doing in your community.
It seems like we didn’t even slow down for a minute this winter! We’ve been so busy behind the scenes getting everything ready for another great year with STI Canada. Our research team went above and beyond as usual and we are able to present you with 8 brand new styles to choose from this year! We also grew our team even more across the country so we would like to take a moment to welcome our new members of the STI team.
Etienne Lavallee located in La Presentation.
Steff Lecuyer and Felix Auger located in Ottawa.
Chris Green located in Edmonton.
Are you a landscaper or landscape supplier? Want to be a distributor in one of the hottest growing industries? We are still looking for distributors in select areas across Canada. We can offer you premium products at competitive prices, the tools and knowledge to do beautiful installs, professionally designed marketing materials, and a supportive staff to help you on your journey to success. To find out which locations still require distributors contact us today!
Everyone in BC was extremely lucky this year to have such a short winter. We were experiencing Spring-like temperatures as early as February! People were out hiking, running, and for many home owners, spring cleaning their yards. For many of our guys, this meant an early start to the season with Synthetic Turf International Canada.
STI Kelowna was excited to begin installs by late February. We were flooded with interest and had projects lined up earlier than ever. This project was one of our installers’ favourites to work on so far this year, because look at that view!
After removing the existing ground coverings, the base is brought in and any wanted contours are built. Here, the cups have been placed for positioning before the turf is rolled out.
After just two days, this is the transformation that took place. This couple now has their very own place to practice before hitting the course this summer.
If you want to join the thousands of people already experiencing a greener world, contact us today.
You’ve done all of your spring cleaning, brought out your summer wardrobe and scrubbed all the hidden nooks and crannies. The barbeque has come out of hibernating and you have your patio ready to entertain. Your synthetic lawn is greener, and fuller than all your neighbors. But why not kick that up a notch and have your local Synthetic Turf International agent give it a spring refresh!
A quick spring clean-up from your installer can provide several benefits!
Here are only a few:
- Clean up any debris that has settled on the turf over the winter. This will ensure no organic matter settles deep in the blades which weeds can actually sprout out of.
- Brush the fibers back up. By power sweeping your artificial lawn you can create that new look by getting all the fibers back in an upright position. Especially if they have been weighted down by snow!
- Check infill levels and do a top up if necessary. This will ensure any sand or ceramic spheres which may have migrated from natural causes have been replaced. Ensuring you have the appropriate amount of infill will help you rest assured that the infill is doing its job correctly. Not sure what that job is? Check out the article Advantages to Using Infill in Artificial Turfs to find out.
- Ensure your seams and edging are in good shape. An installer, who knows the warning signs of sub base, seam, and edging failure, can assure you that no funny business is going on, and if there is they can correct it before it becomes a bigger issue.
- It’s an inexpensive way to have a professional installer take a look over your lawn to answer any questions you may have and provide some additional tips on how to maintain your synthetic turf so that it looks good as new for several years to come!
So what are you waiting for? Call an experienced synthetic turf agent today to have a spring refresher done!
Over the past 6 months the folks at STI have been working long hours in preparation for the STI Dealers Conference and the first STI University (STIU) class.
We’ve all heard of McDonald’s famous Hamburger University. Think a similar concept, minus the food accoutrements. The course is a day and half, where STI provides dealers all of the education and tools needed to succeed in the synthetic turf industry.
The first Canadian STIU was well attended by 19 individuals, each of whom went through what could be considered a crash course in STI. They were treated to a tour of the manufacturing facility. They also received educational materials, turf samples and took part in a hands on installation workshop inside of the facility. The STI University is designed to relay to attendees the benefits and privileges of embracing the STI brand.
The Dealer Conference allows new and existing dealers the chance to come together and learn from one another. At the Conference (and STIU) they are all introduced to new products, they get to touch them and experience them straight from the source.
After the domestic STIU and dealer’s conference, the Canadian STIU followed closely and we were immediately able see where we could improve the course and experience for future classes.
Jeffrey McDaniel stated that, “We want graduates of STIU to come away from a day and a half with us ready to sell and install our products.”
The course helps provide that confidence boost that some dealers were needing to close sales. In fact, Dakota Harp mentioned, “There were dealers closing sales by the end of the week,” due to their newfound confidence thanks to STIU.
STI Featured Application: STI Florida provides a full size turf field for the College Football Playoff Fan Central Event in Dallas, Texas
By now we’ve all heard the big news. There’s a playoff in major college football. When Oregon and Ohio State kickoff Monday night at AT&T Stadium in Dallas in the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game the National Championship will finally be decided on the field.
The atmosphere in Dallas has been near Super Bowl levels for the past few weeks in anticipation of the big game, and this year, there was a considerable amount of weekend fanfare thrown into the mix. The College Football Playoff Fan Central Event was held over the weekend at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. Attendees were treated to concerts, fun interactive games and the official Media Day.
And since everything is bigger in Texas, no mini field would do. The event needed a full size field.
That’s where STI came in.
The biggest hurdle for a project of this size, with the time constraints around the holidays, is installation. How does one install a full size, portable field inside a convention center, only to be torn down three days later?
STI spent the better part of the month of December building the field at their manufacturing facility. The field consists of 130 rolls, and is seamed together using a proprietary velcro system. When the Fan Central Event ends, the field will be pulled up and used again. Essentially, STI has created a completely full size, portable field that can be used again and again.
The field requires no infill and is installed with a performance cushion backing.
The high water mark of the Fan Central Event was Media Day, which was held on the field Saturday morning. Players and coaches from both teams spent several hours on the field answering questions and meeting with fans and media.
Later in the afternoon on Saturday, the field hosted a youth football clinic, presented by USA Football, where youth players and coaches were given instruction, and the kids had chance to run around on the field.
The field played host to marching bands from both Oregon and Ohio State on Sunday.
STI is honored to be chosen as the turf provider for the College Football Playoff Fan Central Event. Here’s hoping that the inaugural College Football Playoff Championship Game lives up to its billing.
As the 2014 year is coming to a close, we reflect on the past twelve months and what a terrific year it has been for Canada STI. Some of our accomplishments include
- Growing our dealer network across the country
- Product improvements and new product releases
- Implementing a Canadian Dealer Conference
Canada STI would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for a great year!
Our dealer network has been working extremely hard this past year and it shows. The completed projects we have seen have been wonderful and the amount of client testimonials we have received are a true testiment of their hard work.
We would also like to thank all of our clients across the country who chose to work with us this year. We appreciate your business and referrals as that is what keeps us going. Without your support we would never have been able to grow to the size we are today in such a short amount of time.
We wish you all a safe and happy holidays with friends and family, and a very happy new year!
We look forward to serving all of you for many years to come. Whether you are a client already, or are curious in learning more about us. Please let us know if there is anything you wish to discuss by contacting us at the link below.