CLEMSON — People looking for a gift for the golfer in their families can buy a chance to win a round of golf at one of the Carolina’s exclusive golf clubs and help turfgrass research at the same time.

Money raised helps pay for turfgrass research projects at Clemson University and North Carolina State University.

Orange golf ball with white tiger paw laying on green golf course.

Buy a chance to win a round of golf at one of the Carolinas’ exclusive golf courses and support turfgrass research at Clemson and North Carolina State University.
Image Credit: Clemson University

The annual Rounds 4 Research fund drive will be held online at from April 1 to 10. Between 250 and 300 certificates for rounds at golf courses in North Carolina and South Carolina will be auctioned off this year. Some of the packages will be for Harbour Town Golf Links, Sedgefield Country Club, Chechessee Creek Club and Sage Valley Golf Club.

Tim Kreger, executive director of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association (GCSA), said the gift certificates are usually good for one year from date of auction. Winners should carefully check their certificates for expiration dates.

“This fund raiser a great way to support turfgrass research,” he said  “It’s also a great way for people to purchase golf rounds at exclusive facilities they may not be able to gain access to. Also, these make great gifts for the golfer in every family.”

Dara Park, a Clemson associate professor of agricultural and environmental sciences, said anyone who plays or who appreciates golf will benefit from research funded by the Rounds 4 Research drive.

“Golfers are well aware of the research and development that goes into that $600 custom driver and $4 ball, but without research and development into turfgrass and golf course management, golf as we know it wouldn’t exist,” Park said.

Another highlight of this year’s drive is support for the program from Kevin Kisner, who is No. 2 on PGA Tour. Kisner will be featured in a 30-second video explaining why the drive and the research it supports are important to the game of golf.

Since its inception in 2009, Rounds 4 Research has raised more than $250,000 for turfgrass research projects in the Carolinas. These projects and the amount of money allotted the project from Rounds 4 Research are:

  • Foliar Nitrogen Use Efficiency of Warm Season Putting Green Turf Grasses Under Salinity Stresses: Haibo Liu, Clemson, $20,000
  • Investigating Doveweed Biology: Bert McCarty and Fred Yelverton of Clemson, $44,000
  • Distribution of Plant Pathogenic Nematodes in the Carolinas: Lane Tredway of North Carolina State and Bruce Martin of Clemson, $25,000
  • Promoting BMP Scorecard: Charles Peacock of North Carolina State and Dara Park of Clemson, $5,225
  • Investigating Mini Ring Disease Ecology, Biology and Control: Bert McCarty of Clemson, Bruce Martin of Clemson and Jim Kerns of North Carolina State, $83,240
  • Epaphic Factors that Affect Off-Target Movement and Injury from Herbicide Applications in Turf Grass Applications: Travis Gannon of North Carolina State, $47,041
  • BMP Program: Committed to begin project with Bert McCarty of Clemson, $20,000

Rounds 4 Research is the result of a partnership between the Environmental Institute for Golf, Carolinas GCSA and golf courses throughout the Carolinas.