The Facts :: HISTORYSeashore paspalum (Paspalum vaginatum) is a littoral, warm-season perennial grass suited to aquatic, semi-aquatic, and moist environments. It is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions all over the world. Useful for erosion control on salinity sensitive areas that are subject to tidal influences, paspalum grows wild on the seacoasts of both hemispheres. This species is known by several names across the continents, but many turf experts believe it originated in Western Africa.
O.J. Noer began distributing paspalum in the southeastern United States around 1925, deriving his source materials from the #13 fairway on the marsh course at Sea Island Golf Club, where it had already established itself when the club was built. Noer sent initial materials to Vero Beach, Florida, as well as the Ornamental Horticulture Department at the University of Florida at Gainesville. He also took paspalum to Hawaii, where he established it at the Mauna Kea Country Club while serving as a consultant for Robert Trent Jones, Inc. However, it would be another half-century before rising environmental concerns would drive the aggressive development of paspalum for regular use on golf courses.
Sea Spray was introduced to the golf course industry in 2005, after many years of experimental trials exploring viable seed head development, planting timing, grass seed yields, and germination techniques.