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AGS Breaking Boundaries with Asia’s First of its Kind Greens Re-surfacing Project!

Bangkok, Thailand (June 8, 2021) - Thana City Country Club in Samut Prakan, Thailand is converting its aged Tifdwarf Bermuda greens to Primo Zoysia as a part of the major green renovation project. The grass is being supplied by one of Asia’s leading turf suppliers, Sports Turf Solutions (STS). STS stated that, Thana City will be the first facility in the region to transition to this new type of warm season grass in Thailand, which will be the inspiration and aspirations of others to explore this groundbreaking move. This project has been undertaken due to the progressive decline in the surfaces of the old greens, which have succumbed to mutation over the years which negatively impacts the greens condition and playability during the challenging wet season.

As the management company of the Thana City Country Club, Absolute Golf Services (AGS), we always keep up to date and embrace new technologies and inventions within the golf industry. Primo Zoysia was chosen for the green re-grassing at Thana City Country Club because of its tropical climate tolerance, ability to thrive in the shade and lower susceptibility to disease. We fully expect the change to provide great putting surfaces 365 days a year providing golfers with smooth, consistent and fast greens, currently unseen anywhere in Thailand and resetting expectations from international tourists, members and guests as they experience a first for Thailand, with Primo Zoysia.

James Shippey, Managing Director of AGS

Managing Director of AGS, James Shippey, express the excitement about this project, “The turf is amazing and demands much less proactive and reactive maintenance oppose to Tifdwarf Bermuda, the plant is specially engineered to thrive in our climate, here in Thailand. We think it will be a game changer for Thana City Country Club, to have one of the newest innovations in agronomic circles, which will transform the playing experience at the club. We didn’t take this decision likely, the turf has been tested in South East Asia and proven to perform extremely well in the tropical climate. We are expecting the green speed to be between 10' – 13' throughout the year, which is very exciting!” We have spent many months planning this project and will undertake the works without closing the golf course and forecast the works to be completed within 21 days, with minimal disturbance to our valued members and guests. Without doubt this will be a huge ask, but we are confident we will deliver, in what will be a total disruptor to the industry and make many course owners and managers sit up and realise what can be done with working with experts such as our team at AGS, that are innovative and progressive. This work and timelines will ensure the long-term success of Thana City from an agronomic standpoint, delivering great surfaces and a reduction in operating expenses. With this project AGS will be able to offer transferable solutions to the many golf courses throughout Asia that experience the same challenges with putting surfaces or other areas of the golf course and simply cannot afford the option to close the golf course for such renovation works, whether it be financially or the significant operational disruption closing the golf course can bring.

Our partners, Links Golf Services (LGS) have been appointed as the team to carry out the works to re-grass the greens, they have constructed an on-site nursery which is currently under the expert eye of the team during the critical grow-in period. LGS bring in their expertise in golf course construction and maintenance to deliver the AGS vision and will be 100% focused on the success of the groundbreaking project from a construction standpoint and preparation to ensure perfect playing surfaces.

Gavan Wilson, Managing Director of LGS

Mr. Gavan Wilson, Managing Director of LGS, stated “We are very excited to be involved in this industry first and incredibly innovative project at Thana City Country Club. We will put our team of experts behind this project to ensure the best outcome.”

The green nursery was sprigged on the 15th May 2021, we are already seeing very strong plat establishment. The entire re-grassing project is expected to be complete by the end of September 2021.

Absolute Golf Services (AGS) provides compelling advantages to property owners and developers. The company offers flexible management and consultancy services that have been developed and tailored to meet owners' objectives, both operationally and financially. AGS is driven by a dynamic multi-talented team of industry-experienced professionals to ensure sustainability and growth. We are committed to the development of the golf and leisure industry and are perfectly positioned to deliver to owners what it takes to win.

If you would like to talk to us more about the re-grassing project or how AGS can benefit your business, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. The start is as simple as a call to +66 (0) 88 339 8220 or e-mail


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