Modern Turf’s Greens for Good: Supporting First Responders and Veterans

Earlier this summer, golf specialists Modern Turf out of Rembert, SC stepped in to help, donating a full set of Sunday® Ultra-Dwarf Bermuda putting greens to Tarpon Woods Golf Club in Harbor, Florida. The course was recently purchased by LPGA professional Jan Stephenson’s Crossroads Foundation for Wounded Warriors, which provides opportunities for wounded warriors and first responders to enjoy golf.

Jan Stephenson’s Tarpon Woods Golf Club

Stephenson created the Crossroad Foundation for Wounded Warriors, a 501(c)(3) organization and Purple Heart charity, with the purpose of “Giving to Those, That Have Given So Much.”

The Tarpon Woods course was in rough shape, so establishing better greens was a top priority for the project. Hank Kerfoot, the owner of Modern Turf, and a crew of volunteers worked hard to sprig 18 greens over the span of two days in June 2023. Jan Stephenson and Mike Vandiver with Crossroads Foundation for Wounded Warriors were both on-site during the installation.

When it came to the selection of the putting greens grass, Kerfoot said that Sunday is the easiest grass to manage that he’s ever seen for greens.

“It is hardy. It grows well, it can be cut as low as any mower will mow. It’s just a fun grass that wants to grow. This grass just allows you to have a really good quality putting surface without all the whistles and bells and all the traditional expense that goes with the comparable grasses,” Kerfoot said.

He explained Sunday has more disease resistance, the ability to recover rapidly from injury and also allows for overseeding more than other grasses.

“Golf helps people and this is certainly one of those golf courses with what Jan Stevenson’s Foundation has done to help everybody from the first responders to the people in the military who have suffered bodily harm and traumatic injury. This is a place for them to be safe and play golf, to have a camaraderie and to learn and appreciate the game. So we think it’s a fantastic cause,” Kerfoot shared.

Watch the video below to learn about Modern Turf donating Sunday Ultra-Dwarf Bermudagrass for a great cause:

Click here to learn more about the Crossroads Foundation for Wounded Warriors.

Sunday® Ultra-Dwarf Bermuda on the greens at Tarpon Woods Golf Club.
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