Commissioner Weathers Talks South Carolina Sod Industry
This is the time of year that professional golf really gets ramped up. These golf courses have lovely turf and greens and are maintained by a special science.
“All of these courses take a lot of work and investment. It’s a big business in South Carolina for our sod farmers. We have about 26 operating sod farms in the state now and hopefully with the recession winding down, those operations will grow.
We are in a unique area where we can support both cool and warm season grasses and have the courses look great year round. The grasses were not developed here but they work here. Now our spring and summer grasses will come through and they will be that same green color as the winter grasses.
The beauty of the golf courses help to put towns like Kiawah, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach on the map. It’s a great market and outlet for our sod, we have about 11000 acres across the state. It is scattered around, and they need the flat farms to grow it. Most of it, over half, still goes to the landscapers and home owners. But the golf courses are right behind.”