“Sport played at the highest level of performance demands a surface that can deliver the same attributes. This requires the materials used in the construction of these surfaces to be of consistently high quality, across a broad spectrum of environments. ETL play a vital part in ensuring that all materials supplied to these projects from Levenseat Specialist Sands are correctly tested and conform to client specifications.
The A2LA accreditation provided by ETL for our material provides our clients with vital and impartial confirmation that, as suppliers, we have achieved the product quality and consistency our customers expect of our materials, every time.
Sharon and the team at ETL always provide results as promised, and understand the importance of deadlines to both customer and client, even when project time scales are tight. ETL’s professionalism and expertise ensure our products are tested in a manner that provides our clients with the confidence of an independent external accreditation and materials that conform to specification.
Having worked with ETL for a number of years I would recommend their services and the expertise they provide without hesitation. Levenseat Specialist Sands (part of Aggregate Industries) have used ETL on many high profile projects such as the Commonwealth Games and Ross County and Hampden Park pitch replacements. We know that the same exacting standards will be applied to any sample we give for testing; using ETL’s services for over 3 years is testament to having faith in their offering.”
Duncan McCool, Aggregate Industries UK Ltd t/a Levenseat Specialist Sands (A member of LafargeHolcim), August 2015
“We have been using ETL and their services for the past 7 years. During that time we have tested soils and sands for particle size distribution, which has helped us to ascertain where sand needed to be added to improve the going on the racecourse. ETL’s tedting in this area have been fundamental in bringing about a more uniformed surface at the Curragh Racecourse. With this information, we have been able to improve drainage and water percolation resulting in a more consistent racing surface. We would have no hesitation in recommending their independent analytical services.
Pat Webb, The Curragh Racecourse, August 2013
“Testing was essential to select proper material to meet the construction specifications and to provide adequate root zone for the turfgrass. The testing has help all parties involved in the project to make the best decision for the long term sustainability of the golf course. We have decided to use ETL for the quality of the service and for the accurate and fast testing. We also like very much the way the test reports are presented to us. It is a great pleasure to work with the team at ETL. We always get fast reply to our communications and we really feel that everybody is taking very good care us and the testing requested. Everything is very clear and precise.”
Sylvain Duval, Sylvain Duval Golf Course Consulting, July 2013
ETL was chosen as the testing laboratory for the National Performance Centre for Sport, Heriot-Watt University to record the characteristics of the imported sand and rootzone materials being used in the construction profile. They are always quick, accurate and very familiar with the tests that are required. The staff at ETL provide a very professional assistance on every occasion”
Bill Gillespie, Professional Sportsturf Design (Scotland) Ltd, July 2015
“Over 90,000m3 of soil was imported from various sources to the Olympic Park for its transformation into the legacy phase. It was important that all soils met the specified criteria for composition and performance. Regular testing was therefore essential to achieve this. Given the scale of the project, large volumes of soil were to be imported over a prolonged period of time. It was crucial to have a laboratory that could consistently provide accurate, reliable results on a rapid turnaround. ETL was chosen for these reasons.”
Tim O’Hare, Tim O’Hare Associates, March 2014
“Testing was useful for ensuring the greens and tees rootzone complied with USGA specification as defined by the contract and to verify that the supplier used the correct components mixed at the specified ratios. Any material failing to comply may then be rejected. Sharon and her staff are always very helpful, turning results around very quickly and regularly visiting the laboratory at weekends to ensure this happens. Very conscientious and always any concerns after visual inspection of samples received directly from clients”
John Greasley, July 2015
“It was vital to find the correct sand to be used for the, as specified, USGA greens.
Not only that, but the contractors had no golf course construction knowledge and without the technical / analytical information supplied by ETL, there would have been no proper ‘backup’ to prove, that the numerous samples provided, were not suitable / compliant.
Suitable sands were very difficult to source in Saudi Arabia (surprisingly), and the number of tests on different samples that were required, was well above the norm. However, ETL were always very helpful, understanding, and thorough in any test or request we had.
EGD has used ETL on many of our golf projects to help choose the correct sands / rootzone.
The necessary tests are always carried out in an efficient and timely manner, and the results are easy, for all, to interpret.
Further, the people who work at ETL are professional and always a pleasure to deal with.
ETL provide a thorough analytical service, and their role in helping us choose the correct soil / sand for each specific project has been a vital part in the successes of our Golf Courses.”
Dave Sampson, European Golf Design
“Many samples were tested before suitable sand was found which fell within the USGA recommendations. The production of this sand was in question and through regular testing we were able to ensure uniformity. Having worked with the supplier to establish the production procedures the sand was subsequently used on a 45-hole project in Sicily.
We used ETL to undertake our testing as it is recognised as the most reliable and accurate laboratory in Europe. All members within the industry therefore accept the results without question.
We have always found ETL to be very efficient and helpful and we shall continue to use their service on a regular basis.”
Dave Young, Benedetti Golf International
“We at Nicklaus Design depend on independent testing laboratories to verify that soils, irrigation water, and sands meet the qualifications for construction and maintenance established for such use by expert scientific research and experience. European Turf Laboratories have been one of our most trusted companies in the performance of such testing. They strive to quickly process samples submitted and render both data and recommendations in an easy to read format. Further to that, they respond quickly to questions and are very easy to work with when clarifying complicated results and opinions. Our clients and their contractors find ETL both friendly and reasonably priced, and the results of their work have been first class all the way. I do not hesitate to recommend ETL for any project where precise analysis is required to insure high standards of construction and maintenance.”
Jon Scott, Vice President of Agronomic Services, Nicklaus Design
“Building a golf course requires a massive investment from the developer, with costs running to many millions. Whilst the aesthetics of the course are a reflection of the designer’s imagination and flair, the technical specification is a matter for science. With so much at stake nothing is left to chance and ETL help to make sure we get it right every time.”
Howard Swan, Swan Golf Designs
“We required a laboratory to help us achieve the high quality product as expected by ourselves, the Golf Course Designer and the Owner and Developer of the Project.
We chose ETL because of their quality of service, reliability and delivery of results in a timely manner and we also receive valuable advice when unusual questions may arise.”
Neil Oldfield, Southern Golf Construction
“ETL have tested materials for Turfgrass Consultancy, on numerous projects worldwide throughout the last 17 years. ETL provide an efficient, competitive and impartial service which allows Turfgrass Consultancy to provide un-biased technical advice and recommendations to our clients.
Many clients have retained Turfgrass Consultancy to improve the conditioning of playing surfaces. Using ETL we can accurately determine the problems that exist in an aging rootzone profile. This allows us to implement precise corrective procedures to alleviate any problems and promote improved plant health and playability.”
Julian Mooney, Turfgrass Consultancy
“The testing was mandatory to our construction specifications in order to built USGA greens. The testing was useful to us in order to select the right sand, the right gravel and get the mixing ratio that will give us the approved root zone and also to keep control on the quality and consistency during construction of the golf course.
It was decided to use ETL due to previous experience, it was nearest and the most convenient to us and of course an accredited laboratory at that time. The Nicklaus Design agronomist Dave McIntosh supported our choice.
We are very pleased with the services provided by ETL. We have found ETL to be very reliable and very professional in all aspect of the work.
The test results always came back within reasonable time frame and we always received professional comments and advice from the ETL staff when it was asked.”
Sylvain Duval, Polaris World
“ETL has consistently supplied test results in an efficient and timely manner, and proved to be very accommodating when results were urgently required. SOL Golf has established a long working relationship with ETL and I hope to continue working together into the future. I wish ETL every success”.
Michael O’Leary, SOL Golf Course Construction
“Reliable and independent test results from an accredited laboratory provide Topsport and it’s customers with the confidence that high quality materials have been selected for their project.
European Turfgrass Laboratories have, for many years, provided Topsport with independent reporting coupled with a thoroughly professional service, supplying results to a time schedule in a reliable format.
Topsport’s market position and reputation in the sportsturf industry relies heavily upon customer confidence in reliable, repeatable high quality materials. ETL’s ability to support this quality service with their test results is therefore a very important part of Topsport’s sales proposal to the market.”
John Halfpenny, Tarmac Topsport
“DMK Golf Design used ETL to analyse samples from various quarries to ascertain the most suitable materials for the construction of the greens and tees. We then continued to test throughout the construction to ensure quality and consistency of the rootzone throughout the course.
ETL provided testing throughout the period of construction of the course. Results were produced reliably and efficiently allowing us to be confident in the quality products we were using.”
Paul Kimber, DMK Golf Design
ETL offer a great service with a quick turnaround and reliable results. I know I can use them to make solid agronomic decisions, of utmost importance in any new golf course construction”.
Simon Doyle, Troon Golf, June 2009
“Testing was useful for our company because it allowed us to arrive at a suitable combination of materials supplied by both client and contractor.
ETL were chosen as an independent laboratory with A2LA accreditation and hence, approved by the USGA.
We have worked with ETL on many projects for more than 10 years now. ETL have always provided a quick and efficient service and provided constructive information whenever asked.”
Steve Briggs, MJ Abbott
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ETL are 1 of only 10 USGA approved physical soil testing laboratories in the world?
Since 1996, European Turfgrass Laboratories tested samples from a variety of projects in countries throughout the world.
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ETL have successfully renewed our A2LA Accreditation for another two years following an on-site assessment in mid-March. The renewal has been extended to April 2017! Anyone wishing copies of our scope of accreditation or certificate should contact Sharon.