Dr. Clint Waltz joined the University of Georgia turfgrass team in September 2001 as a Turfgrass Extension Specialist. Clint is located at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin and has program leadership responsibilities in all turfgrass management areas, including turfgrass water management. Other state responsibilities include serving as ex officio board member for the Georgia Turfgrass Association (GTA), the Metro Atlanta Landscape and Turf Association (MALTA), and Georgia Sod Producers Association (GSPA). Additionally, he serves the golf course industry by serving on the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association (GGCSA) education committee and Water Task Force.
Although his appointment is 100% extension, Clint conducts research projects in many areas of turfgrass management. He is active in the evaluation of various turfgrass species to the environmental stresses of the Southeastern United States. These evaluations allow sod producers, golf course superintendents, athletic field managers, other turf professionals, and homeowners to make informed decisions about the adaptabilities of these cultivars. Other activities have included coordinating University Field Day events and the annual Georgia Turfgrass Institute.
Clint has published in scientific journals, trade magazines, and makes regular contributions to the newsletters of state associations. Additionally, he makes numerous presentations to turfgrass professionals form golf course superintendents and county extension agents to homeowner groups. Clint has also been responsible for the development of the website TurfgrassWater.com. This site was developed and launched in December 2002 as a comprehensive “one-stop” information facility to address water management, water quantity, and water quality issues encountered by professional turfgrass managers. Also, this site demonstrates to governmental agencies not only the size and economic impact of the turfgrass industry, but how turfgrass professionals have access to “sound science” for the development of site-specific programs focused on water conservation and preservation of water quality.
Clint received his degrees from Clemson University. He finished his doctorate in the area of soil amendments for golf course putting greens. His master’s degree focused on plant growth regulators used in turfgrass, his bachelor’s degree was in horticulture.