Free market and science drive Apes Hill Club’s choice of grass


Barbados Free Press has been kicking ’bout hey for over seven years and that is a long time in the blog world to post every day and build credibility with the search engines like Google and Yahoo!. Readership goes up and down with the news stories and when a big event happens we receive tens of thousands of visitors a day. Our best day ever was 44,087 visitors and just last week we did alright when some discussion about Harlequin was flying and 33,669 visitors stopped by.

Those numbers aren’t much compared with the big blogs that drive that kind of traffic and better every day, but we still do 3 million visitors a year at BFP and that’s not bad for a little nothing blog run by a bunch of drunks and the occasional unemployed aircraft riveter. (Anybody want to buy the world’s best set of bucking bars and dimplers – give me a shout! And when I say “the world’s best set” I mean it. It includes some wildly customized bucking bars and cutters that you didn’t even know you needed until you use them. I shoulda patented them a long time ago but it’s too late now.)

Some press release agents think Barbados Free Press is a real newspaper. Huh?

Some people mistake us for a real newspaper (or maybe they don’t) and we receive a couple of dozen press releases a week about anything and everything. Most are boring product announcements but today we see one about a type of grass that does exceptionally well in the Barbados and similar climes. I never considered it before but the press release has me thinking about how a good drought-resistant grass could save big money for a golf course over a few years. Water is scarce and expensive in Bim, so the choice of grass for any type of space should be a carefully considered decision.

Apes Hill Club Nursery is the licensed producer of this Zoysia sod in Barbados. That probably means it’s expensive… but how much water will you save over the years by using this type?


BARBADOS — Bladerunner Farms, the world’s largest privately owned zoysiagrass research and development facility, is proud to announce that Apes Hill Club Nursery, a licensed producer of JaMur Zoysia on the Caribbean Island of Barbados, now has this environmentally friendly turfgrass available for harvest.

The wholesale Apes Hill Club Nursery grows 15-acres of JaMur Zoysia for harvest as sod, along with some 50,000 plants, that are sold to commercial landscapers, land developers and homeowners on the island of Barbados. Ed Paskins, CGCS, is the golf course superintendent at the neighboring Apes Hill Club golf club and was instrumental in developing the Apes Hill Club Nursery.

Before planting the sod farm at Apes Hill Club Nursery, Paskins visited the Poteet, Texas, research facility of Bladerunner Farms to see JaMur Zoysiagrass in a real-world situation. That visit helped him decide to license JaMur Zoysia for use in Barbados.

“You need to know that you’re getting quality and that the person is going to stand beside it. I think that because Bladerunner Farms is a family business and the owner, David Doguet, was willing to put his reputation on the line for the grass was extremely important,” Paskins said.

…continue reading this article at WorldGolf



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7 responses to “Free market and science drive Apes Hill Club’s choice of grass

  1. Adrian Loveridge

    What a wonderful example of seeing an opportunity and exploiting it. A cash rich crop that is difficult to steal and what a perfect setting to grow it in.

  2. I can be quite difficult or even impossible to get rid of some of the Zoysia grasses which get away from their owners. Can be bad for the local indigenous species.

  3. Mike

    I had this grass on my lawn in Barbados in the 70’s and yes, it is beautiful and requires little maintenance or water. The downside is that it rapidly take over everything and even start to climb walls if not controlled.

  4. peltdownman

    Hi Mike, I think that this JaMur Zoysia is very different from the local Zoysia. It looks like a strong, regular grass, unlike the local stuff, which although fairly drought resistant, does not grow well in the shade and can be easily taken over by weed grasses. Good on yer, Ed Paskins, no worries!

  5. Marvin Bareback

    The big problem with this grass on the golf greens is that conventional greens mowers only last about two or three greens before the blades need to be re-sharpened. The grass blades have a tough and waxy stem that dulls the blades very quickly, making it impossible to get the greens cut in a regular way. Ask any of the golfers who play up at Ape’s Hill……the greens are very slow… was a mistake to use this type of grass on the greens.


    We love to see the deed for Apes Hill/


    everyone seem to be stuck on Deeds for land I wish you all luck , BFP seem to be slowing down , We hope no one made you stop doing what you have been doing , Time is Up for the crooks and fraud men , Warn all those dealing with land to stop , think , and see what the BLP and DLP has done to our Island and land,
    Buy nothing , look and see for self Clear titles and have a bank in the middle of the deal with insurance , We more deeds , Land Fraud is massive with the land tax department with Mr Forde…. dont loose your money in these hard times ,