Developed by top turfgrass researchers at Oklahoma State University (as OCK 1131) and, through nationwide testing in the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP), Tahoma 31 demonstrated its resilience and excelled in key metrics compared to other bermudagrasses including Tifway, TifTuf and Latitude 36.
Tahoma 31 derives its name from the Native American word, Tahoma, which means frozen water.In test after test, Tahoma 31 shows its exceptional winter hardiness, tested up to 75% more cold tolerant than other bermudagrass varieties. With the additional characteristics of both improved wear tolerance and drought resistance, Tahoma 31 is ideal for sports turf, golf courses and high-quality lawns in the Mid-Atlantic & Transition Zone.
Tahoma 31 was rated with the lowest winterkill rate (4%) when tested in West Lafayette, Indiana, while some of its competitors.
Tahoma 31 showed superior drought resistance to four cultivars and on average, Tahoma 31 used 18% less water than TifTuf.
With little damage done in the winter, Tahoma 31 had statistically higher spring green-up ratings than competitors.
Tahoma 31 had an establishment rate quicker than other bermudagrasses including TifTuf and Tifway
Tahoma 31 was tested in 19 locations across the United States and ranked in the top 25% of all trial entries, which indicates it is highly adaptable to different climates and soils.
Among 10 experimental grasses and one older cultivar (Tifway) tested, Tahoma 31 was ranked #1 when tested for salinity response.
In up to 63% shade, Tahoma 31 ranked #1 in turf quality among major commercially-available bermudagrass cultivars.
Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass has the strength of the Oklahoma State University turfgrass breeding program behind it, supported by independent testing conducted by the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program.
RESEARCH SUMMARY OF TAHOMA 31 BERMUDAGRASS
(Varietal Name OKC 1131)
Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass, ‘OKC 1131’ was DEV in 2007 and tested in multiple years in the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP). The NTEP National Bermudagrass Test provided data from 17 locations in 2013 and 2014, and from 19 location in 2015.
Tahoma 31 advanced to the 2013-2018 National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) National Bermudagrass Test and excels in key metrics against other bermudagrasses such as Tifway, TifTuf, Patriot, Latitude 36 and Celebration. View the NTEP results here:
RESULTS OF THE 2013-2017 NTEP DATA
5-year trial in 17 locations. Data published December 2018
NTEP 2013 – 2017 Bermudagrass Trials, FULL REPORT
#1 OVERALL TURF QUALITY (TIED)
2014 Wear Study, Excellent wear tolerance, Knoxville, TN
Access charts that summarize research results for cold tolerance, shade, turf quality, early spring green-up, traffic tolerance, height of cut, and low water use.
Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass is available now with limited foundations planting material to licensed producers.
Limited availability through select sod producers.
Sod Producer Testimonial
Tahoma 31 Licensed Sod Producer Mills Grant of New Life Turf in South Carolina discusses why his sod farm grows Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass & the benefits of the turfgrass grass for use on golf courses.
Golf Course Superintendent Testimonial
Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass testimonial from Golf Course Superintendent Zac Ramey of the Country Club of Spartanburg in South Carolina. He discusses the golf course renovation using Tahoma 31 natural grass and why he feels the turf is a great benefit, for example, how quickly the grass rooted, the playability, shade tolerance, drought tolerance. Ramey says this is the only grass he’ll plant at the golf course.
Golf Course Architect Testimonial
Golf Architect Jeff Lawrence discusses the golf course renovation utilizing Tahoma 31 Bermudagrass at Greer Golf in South Carolina. He notes the early spring green-up and late fall color of the grass, the playability, drought tolerance, and other benefits of Tahoma 31 compared to other Bermudas.
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Tahoma 31 & Chelsea FC (Source: WCN C)
Soldier Field switches to Bermuda grass for Bears (Source – WGN9 Chicago)
AFC, NFC championship games to be played on Oklahoma State University’s turfgrass (Source – KOCO News 5)
Super Bowl turf is grown locally specifically for the big game (Source – ABC 15 Arizona)
Find Tahoma 31 at some of the world’s most beautiful and prestigious golf courses, sports fields, and lawns. Many of these locations push the northernmost boundary of where bermudagrass is traditionally grown. Check back frequently as this list is continually updated.