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As the superintendent for over 21 years at Old Oak Country Club in Illinois, Pete Lieponis had experienced many of the same irrigation water quality issues superintendents are facing today. Poor infiltration rates on his greens and a lack of color response from fertilizer applications left him frustrated and determined to discover the root of his turf grass problems. After several failed attempts to properly deal with the issue, Pete decided to hire a consultant from Brookside Laboratories to test his irrigation water quality and the results were astounding. The analysis showed that Old Oak’s pH was 8.0 and the bicarbonates were in the 525ppm range. What was even more perplexing to Pete was the fact that, at that time, treating water quality was almost unheard of in the Midwest. It was always falsely assumed that Midwest water was “good” water.


National Golf Foundation

NGCOA Solutions Summit

Golf Industry Show

Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents

Golf Course Superintendents Assoc of America

Florida Turfgrass Association

Everglades GCSA

Calusa Golf Course Superintendents Association

Central Florida GCSA

Michigan Turfgrass Foundation

Midwest Regional Turf Foundation

Illinois Turf Foundation

Where do we go from here? That was Pete’s number one question. It was obvious that he needed to start treating and fast. The Brookside consultant recommended using the trade name product pHairway® (MCDS) – a water treatment amendment that when added to irrigation water, can control the destructive dissolved salts and bicarbonates that are harmful to turf. In 1995, Old Oak began using the pHairway product and the results were almost instantaneous!

He witnessed an immediate greening response. Several troublesome turf grass areas of localized dry spots were eliminated. Areas that had succumbed to stress began to recover and the overall conditions improved dramatically. Continued use allowed him to reduce fertilizers and substantially reduce the use of wetting agents. In short, Pete and the golfers at Old Oak saw the benefits of pHairway.

Soon after, Pete recognized that the delivery and service for the pHairway product in the Chicagoland area was clearly less than adequate. Within a year, Pete was efficiently delivering the product to local golf courses and then expanded his coverage to surrounding states.

Soon he learned through painful experience that the acid injection equipment was unreliable and service unsatisfactory. This led Pete to start Prime Turf in April of 1996. He assembled a team of motivated experienced professionals. Within five years of his first delivery, Prime Turf became the largest distributor of the pHairway product.

The customer base grew. The testimonials and first hand experience with the results of the product convinced the Prime Turf team, confident that they had a good product with a great future. They were determined to avoid mistakes of the past. Together with industry experts, they dedicated time, energy and available resources toward building more reliable equipment and offering unmatched service to their customers.

Over the past 16 years, Prime Turf has remained the industry leader and continued developing patented equipment and a series of proprietary technologies designed into the most reliable Chemical Injection and Fertigation control stations available today. In 2012, Prime Turf will directly service over 300 customers in the U.S and around the globe.

With the continued need to innovate Prime Turf also has developed the “RENEW™” Water Treatment Amendment that has all the same properties and specifications of pHairway but has enabled the development to incorporate proprietary wetting agents and added micronutrients.

With the expiration of the original pHairway patents and our intimate knowledge of the specialized chemistries we were able to take this concept to the next level and further enhance and add value for our water treatment customers.


Pete and his team continue to drive innovative efforts to advance the knowledge base of how water treatment products work.

“Educating today’s superintendents about their potential water quality issues is important”, Pete states. “I’m always looking for ways to make their jobs easier.”

“Our mission is to offer turf management professionals high quality, innovative products, services and application expertise related to all areas of turf water treatment.

The programs we offer will always combine specialized chemistries feed / control equipment and dedicated on-site service to create value and solve problems for our customers.”

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Proud Member of the following Organizations National Golf Foundation National Golf Course Owners Association Golf Industry Show Midwest Association of Golf Course Superintendents Golf Course Superintendents Assoc of America Florida Turfgrass Association Central Florida GCSA Michigan Turfgrass Foundation Midwest Regional Turf Foundation Illinois Turf Foundation Palm Beach Golf Course Superintendents Association  

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