GolfClubPicSue de Zwart is a well-known and respected greens consultant in the upper echelons of South African golf society. She formed her consultancy, Talking Turf, in January 2006 after working as the Golf Course Superintendent at the prestigious Leopard Creek Country Club for 8 years. Her initial clients included Oubaai Golf Resort and the Fancourt Golf Courses, where she was privileged to work with Piet Pieters & Ingrid Diesel. Sue is passionate about the education and staff empowerment opportunities which the Talking Turf consultancy provides. As a result, the Talking Turf Superintendents' Conference was conceptualised in 2002 to provide a high standard of education for superintendents from across South Africa. The conference features superb educational seminars from a range of local and international guest speakers. The Talking Turf Superintendents' Conference is held on a bi-annual basis. 

The Talking Turf Golf Industry Show has been replaced by a fantastic Mobile App allowing consumers to find any product in the golf and turf industries at the tap of a button.  It provides a cost effective mechanism for companies to advertise their products while being a helpful tool to any user looking for turf or golf related products. 

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Talking Turf have also launched the Talking Turf Foliar Feed which is proving to be very popular – the product speaks for itself.

 

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Sue approached numerous sponsors in order to raise funds to host an educational conference for the superintendents in South Africa. 60 Delegates are invited to the bi-annual conference. With a minimum of 5 international guest speakers it is an inspirational few days for all. It has developed into a product, which the superintendents thoroughly enjoy and Sue is fortunate enough to have companies lining up for sponsorship! Both the GCSAA (Golf Course Superintendents Association of America) and the TMASA (Turfgrass Managers Association of Southern Africa) accredit this event.

The focus of this conference remains a high standard of education as well as great social activities to allow fun networking opportunities for the delegates.

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