Mirimichi golf course opens sod farm

Jul 28, 2016, 11:40am CDT Updated: Jul 29, 2016, 10:39am CDT

From the Memphis Business Journal:
http://www.bizjournals.com/memphis/news/2016/07/28/local-golf-course-opens-sod-farm.html

Mirimichi Turf Zoysia

Mirimichi Turf Farm Zoysia Field

Commercial and residential properties can now own a piece of one of the Mid-South’s premier golf courses.

Mirimichi golf course in Millington just debuted Mirimichi Turf Farm, which sells a variety of the same grasses like, Zoysia Grass and Mirimichi Hybrid Bermuda Grass, used on its course.

Preparation for the sod farm started a year ago, and sales officially began in June 2016. Mirimichi Turf is located on the former nine-hole executive course on the property.

“When Justin Timberlake bought the course, this land came with it, which was a soybean field,” said Dustin Green, golf course superintendent at Mirimichi. “It was in row crops. It’s about 100 acres or so, and [Justin] decided to turn that land into a nine-hole executive course. We already had the 18-hole championship course, and [the executive course] was a great course, but it really wasn’t profitable for us.”

Since sales started, customers have bought the sod for commercial and residential projects as well as for sports fields. Pricing varies depending on the order, but big rolls, which measure in at 40 yards, are available along with pallets, which are 50 yards.

“A lot of people come in and tell us how great the greens look, and this is just kind of a way to take a little bit of Mirimichi home with you,” said Hallie Biggs with Mirimichi.

Farm pickup is available as well as delivery. Mirimichi Turf does not offer installation, but it will offer names of preferred landscapers.

The company is in the process of updating its website to provide tips on care instructions, and Green, who previously worked at The Masters in August, Georgia, and who has been at Mirimichi from pre-construction until today, said he is always available to answer any questions.

“Anybody who wants the grass or purchased the grass, my number is available, and I often go to the site that it is going to be laid and make recommendations to the homeowner or landscaper,” Green said.

Pop star Justin Timberlake sold the course to Fred Edmaiston in 2014. Green said it was great working with Timberlake, who he described as very down to earth.

“He was very involved,” Green said. “[He] would always come out and play and always made the effort to talk to me about what he thought about the course and any kind of adjustments he wanted to make.”

For more information on the new Mirimichi Turf Farm, click here.

Meagan Nichols

Reporter

Memphis Business Journal