Piedmont Turf Farm was established in
1988 when David McCart began to realize his dream of operating his own
business and producing the finest quality sod. David earned a
bachelor of Science degree in Agronomy (Turf Major) from Virginia Tech.
With experience on a turfgrass research farm, and with four years as golf
course superintendent at Lonesome Pine Country Club, Big Stone Gap, VA,
and one and a half years establishing the fairways and greens at a new
golf course in Salem, VA, David is eminently well qualified to know the
ins and outs of producing a high quality sod.
In the Fall of 1988, Piedmont Turf Farm
had its beginnings when 40 acres of turf type tall fescue was planted on
some of the most desirable bottom land of Clarks Creek in Catawba County,
North Carolina yielding a very high quality sod. The first crop was
harvested in the Spring of 1989 and this excellent cool season grass was
in great demand and found ready acceptance.
To meet the need for warm season
grasses to service golf courses and sports fields, Piedmont Turf
introduced Tifway 419 Bermuda grass into its product line. By 1994,
the total acreage of cultivated grasses had grown to 100 acres. An
additional 60 acres was rented on Clarks Creek to take care of additional
By 1999, a second farm site was
purchased on the South Fork of the Catawba River in Lincoln County, North
Carolina. This additional 200 acres should permit some crop rotation
to add organic matter and improve soil tilth. In addition, new
varieties of warm season grasses, franchised to Piedmont Turf Farm, will
be grown on this land. For example, Certified Empress Zoysia and
Certified Tifway 419 were introduced on the farm in 1999. Certified Empire Zoysia
was in the production phase
in the year 2000.
Piedmont Turf Farm, Inc. closely
monitors current research in turfgrass production and development of new
cultivars, in order to bring its customers a high quality turf and
superior varieties for sports or residential use that excel in the
climatic conditions in North and South Carolina. A high priority is
given to preserving, and even improving on, the quality of the environment
through water conservation and the protection of water quality and land
issues as they relate to turfgrass production.
1890 HW Farm Road
Maiden, North Carolina 28650