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New Gary Player course opens in Mexico
January 28, 2011

CostaBaja Golf Club in La Paz, Mexico, is the site of the first signature golf course in Mexico and Latin America to be designed by Legendary Pro Golfer Gary Player, who is also a prolific golf course designer. The 18-hole design is the centerpiece of 500 acres of environmentally protected coastal lands along the Sea of Cortez that make up CostaBaja, a residential resort located just outside La Paz in the Baja California Sur region.

The courses's location in an environmentally sensitive area was made possible, in part, by the decision to design the course using an environmentally friendly turfgrass called SeaDwarf® Seashore Paspalum. This grass, known for its bright green color and easy playability, also boasts extreme salt tolerance that allows those managing the course, if they should choose to do so, to use salt to treat weeds and to use lesser quality water to irrigate the course. In addition, the grass requires less water for irrigation than more traditional grass varieties, according to Roberto Berentsen, General Manager of Viveros de Pastos Finos, the sod production company that supplied the grass for the golf course.

The course opened in November, making it the 17th golf course in Mexico to be grassed with SeaDwarf® Seashore Paspalum. The very first SeaDwarf® golf course in Mexico opened at Las Palomas in 2005. CostaBaja Golf Club is now the 11th Mexican golf course to use the grass on all playing surfaces, wall-to-wall, Berentsen said.

"This makes SeaDwarf® the most widely used seashore paspalum on golf courses in Mexico, with the largest web now of architects, superintendents and consultants. This gives SeaDwarf® the technical backup that no other paspalum has in this market.  We now have it located all throughout the country," Berentsen said.

For more information on CoastaBaja Golf Club visit: http://www.costabajaresort.com/golf.php

For more information on Viveros de Pastos Finos visit: http://www.sebesa.com.mx

For more information on SeaDwarf® visit: www.environmentalturf.com








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