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deep south turf expo

An educational experience for turfgrass managers with an emphasis on southern grasses.

November 27-29, 2018 - Mississippi Coast Convention Center, Biloxi, MS

Deep South Turf Expo 

For years there has been much discussion about having a regional turf conference. Many remember the days of the Southern Turfgrass Conference and long to have an event where you can reminisce with old industry friends. Industry suppliers have begged for the return of a regional show, turfgrass managers have asked for it and several turf-related organizations have discussed it.  In October of 2015 this became a reality, the inaugural Deep South Turf Expo was held in Biloxi, MS at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center.   This is a joint effort from the following organizations, however, every turf manager from near and far are welcome and encouraged to attend; Alabama Turfgrass Association, Alabama Golf Course Superintendents Association, Gulf Coast Golf Course Superintendents Association, Louisiana-Mississippi Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Mississippi Turfgrass Association.


The industry supported this great event as did the turf managers from all over the southeast.  We had 800+ in attendance each year of existence and have received great reviews from both attendees and exhibitors.  We are planning another great event for 2018 and we greatly appreciate everyone’s support of this endeavor.  Make your plans to attend and register today! 


The Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center (MCCC) has plenty of room for all our needs to host this event. We have secured over 44,000 square feet of exhibit space to accommodate upwards of 150+ booths. They have a 40’ x 37’ loading door that can fit everything from greens mowers to sod harvesters. Exhibitors are encouraged to bring your equipment and/or literature…this facility can handle it all under one roof!  We are encouraging exhibitors from all aspects of the turf industry to participate and show off their goods and services to the turf managers of the south.


For our members, we will offer top-notch educational offerings with breakout sessions designed for sod producers, lawn care operators, sports turf managers, landscapers and golf course superintendents. Our educational committee will survey the memberships to get their suggestions and ideas for the most beneficial sessions. And of course, we will offer CEUs from all major organizations and pesticide re-certification points from all southern states. Business meetings for all organizations hosting the event will also take place during the Deep South Turfgrass Expo; don’t miss these important meetings of your association(s).


As for the fun part, we will offer a golf tournament at the Preserve Golf Course, a Skeet and Trap Tournament at Coast Rifle and Pistol Club, a sports tour of the sports fields on the gulf coast and a Championship Tournament which is a two-day tournament at the Preserve Golf Course and Fallen Oaks Golf Course.  Our host hotel will be the Beau Rivage, which is a 32-story beachfront resort featuring luxurious rooms, outstanding service, and world-class amenities including a casino and many restaurants, all for only $102 per night under our room block.   


Take advantage of this offering to experience first-class accommodations, earn your educational CEUs and visit with industry suppliers at the Deep South Turf Expo. Plan on coming and joining this great movement to have a superior tradeshow and educational conference in the Deep South!

President, Simon Parkin, CGCS
Lakewood Golf Club

Vice President, Jeremy Stevens
The Preserve Golf Club

Treasurer, Jeremy Sutton
Montgomery Country Club

Past President, Glenn Hedden
Town of Loxley

Larry Arnold
Highland Park Golf Course

Paul Battle
Battle Sod Farm
 
David Leon
Turf Aquatic Specialties, LLC

Tom Luchner
Turf Tenders, LLC

Glenn Lucus
Southern Athletic Fields
 
Stephen Miles, CGCS
The Preserve Golf Club
 
Paul Patterson
University of Alabama-Huntsville
 
Tres' Wilkinson
South Dallas Turf Farm