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A Publication of the National Golf Foundation

Questions, Answers and Insights for Everyone Interested in the Business of Golf


BASF Corporation


Corporate Headquarters

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (Agricultural Products Group / Golf)


Key Employees

Wayne Smith, CEO (North America)

Jeffery Vannoy, Senior Product Manager


BASF’s products are utilized by golf course superintendents around the world to optimize course conditions. The company offers a host of solutions to combat disease, weed, and insect control – particularly with the fungicides, insecticides, and herbicides that are used to maintain any course’s conditions across all three climate zones of the country (warm, cool and transition).

BASF Corporation’s motto is “creating chemistry for a sustainable future.” Combining economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, the company boasts approximately 122,000 employees who work with customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country. BASF’s global portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care, and Agricultural Solutions.

Notably, BASF’s Professional & Specialty Solutions group, part of the Agricultural division, provides a full portfolio of fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides to golf courses, lawn care operators, sod growers, and sports fields.

Photo courtesy: BASF Corp


BASF’s assortment of turf maintenance products allow golf courses to maintain top-tier conditions all year long, including applications that control diseases such as dollar spot that’s a common concern on golf course turf. Beyond disease control and fungicides, BASF also provides superintendents with turf colorants as well as products for insect and weed control, and lake and pond management.

In 2019, BASF launched two new turf-safe DMI products, Maxtima fungicide and Navicon Intrinsic brand fungicide. These two products received reduced-risk designations from the EPA and can be sprayed on any turf, at any temperature, and during any time of the year for unrivaled, broad-spectrum disease control.

BASF Corporation is the North American affiliate of Germany-based BASF SE, has more than 100 production and research sites throughout the U.S. and Canada, and topped $19.7 billion in sales in 2018.


NGF Takeaways

BASF might not be a known name among golfers, but it’s among the biggest in the business for course superintendents.

BASF provides all the chemicals that help sustain the most important component of a golf facility – the course itself. BASF’s customers want sustainable products and system solutions, and golf courses are no exception – in fact, sustainability is one of the most crucial components of the golf industry. It’s the science and innovation of companies like BASF that keep the game, and in particular its courses, vibrant and healthy.

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