A2LA accredited & USGA approved testing laboratory

Sports Turf Material Testing

Having materials testing provides an invaluable and essential took for golf course architects, agronomists, course superintendents and groundsmen in making informed decision on which materials are right for you and your projects needs.

Accurate & independent analysis

Golf course architects, agronomists, material suppliers, contractors, local authorities and government agencies use our testing services extensively during project planning and construction to ensure that all materials are conforming to their project’s specifications.

USGA Approved Laboratory

ETL is an A2LA-accredited laboratory and only 1 out of 10 in the world on the USGA approved list of physical soil testing laboratories. Accreditation involves a two yearly visit from an A2LA assessor to review our quality procedures and ASTM compliance.

Our Turf and soil analysis services

Particle Size Distribution

Accurate measurement of the distribution of particles in silt and soil.

Physical Properties

Measuring bulk density, electrical conductivity, fibre and moisture content in soil, sand and rootzone.

USGA Analyses

Assessing the water retention, porosity and density of rootzone and soil

Chemical Properties

Testing soil toxicity levels, nutrient levels, elemental make up, pest diagnosis and water analysis.

European Turfgrass Laboratories

European Turfgrass Laboratories Ltd (ETL) provides an independent and unbiased service for the analysis of soils, sand, peat, gravel, rootzone and other materials specifically for the turfgrass and landscape industries. European Turfgrass Laboratories Ltd (ETL) is a soil testing laboratory. We analyse soils, sand, peat, gravel, rootzone and other materials specifically for the turf grass and landscape industries. Since 1996, we have been testing materials for many of the world’s leading golf clubs, football clubs, national stadiums, racecourses and other users of natural grass sports surfaces. ETL’s market began in the UK and Ireland and has rapidly expanded across Europe into Africa, the Middle East, Australasia and South America. Golf course architects, agronomists, material suppliers, contractors, local authorities and government agencies use our soil testing services extensively to ensure that all materials conform to their project’s specifications.

Latest News

An R&A appointment for European Turfgrass Laboratories (ETL)

ETL, a Labosport Group company in Central Scotland, are proud to announce that they are now the official testing laboratory for The R&A, supporting testing for all Professional & Amateur event venues.  Sharon Singleton-Bruce, Managing Director of ETL says “this is an amazing opportunity for the laboratory, and we are looking forward to working with The R&A’s agronomists, Alistair Beggs, Richard Windows and Adam Newton.” 

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Relating Greens Organic Matter (LOI) to the Age of Golf Greens

This, our second article aims to investigate the relationship between the amount of organic matter in greens and the age of the greens. We hope this helps provide added perspective for managing your greens and provides an insight for members within your clubs.

The management of organic matter is one of the more complex maintenance and renovation tasks for Course Managers around the world, due to its immediate conflict to presenting smooth and fast putting surfaces.

European Turfgrass Laboratories (ETL) annually tests organic matter at 20mm segments for hundreds of golf courses all over the world, from over thousands of individual greens, from a variety of venues including courses with push-up greens, links style and USGA-type golf greens of all ages. This data helps Course Managers communicate better with their stakeholders and make more informed decisions. Read more

Relating Greens Organic Matter (LOI) to the Amounts of Sand Applied

The management of organic matter is one of the more complex maintenance and renovation tasks for Course Managers around the world, due to its immediate conflict presenting smooth and fast putting surfaces.

European Turfgrass Laboratories (ETL) tests organic matter at 20mm segments for hundreds of golf courses annually, from over thousands of individual greens from local authority low budget courses to the world best championship courses. This data helps Course Manager communicate better with its stakeholders and make more informed decisions. Read more…

Organic Matter Testing #3

In this, our third article on organic matter, agronomist, Charles Henderson will cover the complex subject of its reduction. Organic matter, in general, is on the increase. Therefore, this makes the reduction of organic matter in greens, relevant to over 90% of us who are involved in managing golf (and bowling) greens, an extremely important subject. Read More.

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