Modern Turf is a state-of-the-art turfgrass production company specializing in growing and installing a wide selection of high-quality grass varieties for the golf, sports, and landscape industries. The company was founded with the expertise of several former golf course superintendents. The original founder and President of Modern Turf is Hank Kerfoot, a graduate of Lake City Community College (Lake City, Florida). The Vice President is B.J Haunert. B.J. is a graduate of Ohio State University. Former golf course superintends Buddy Smith and Randy Allen, CGCS help Hank and BJ cover from Virginia to Florida and as far west as Texas. Together they are happy to share a wealth of information and experience.
Individually, they have been involved in all phases of golf course management and construction and boast over 125 combined years of turf management in the U.S., Bermuda, Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas. We believe turfgrass grown and installed by former golf course superintendents produces a superior product for architects, builders, owners, sports turf managers, golf course superintendents, and landscape contractors.
With business models including the turf farms, Modern Turf Care division, retail outlets in Columbia, SC & Irmo, SC, Sports Turf division, and hosting golf’s premier events such as the Ultradwarf Revolution, Modern Turf professionals are the ones you’ll want on your side.
Hank is a turf graduate of Lake City Community College and a former golf course superintendent. He officially formed Modern Turf in February of 2000, closing on the first 410 acres which is the Rembert Farm. Between 2008 and 2010 Modern Turf acquired another 690 acres in Dalzell, SC and bought 325 more acres in Dalzell in 2016. 21 years after the original purchase, he has fully embraced the sod industry. Hank constantly looks for new grasses to better suit the many facets of the natural grass industry that we actively serve. Hank is involved in leadership roles with several industry-related organizations and enjoys giving back to the community, as well.
B.J. is the Vice President of Modern Turf. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University and holds an agronomy degree he earned in 1996. During his 25 years in the turfgrass industry, B.J. has directed numerous re-grassing projects throughout the southeast. His first-hand knowledge of growing the most dominant warm season varieties on the market today is reflected in both the quality of turf grown on the farm, and a successful end product for the customer.
Buddy Smith, Jr.
Vice President of Sales Buddy Smith, Jr. is a well-known name in the turf industry. He holds 2 degrees from NC State University, having earned his turf diploma in 1993 and ornamental landscape diploma in 1994. With 28 years of diverse experience, Buddy is a central part of the Modern Turf team. As a sales representative, he uses his first-hand knowledge to help customers make informed decisions on grass planting decisions as well as techniques for establishment and maintenance.
Randy Allen has been a pillar in the Carolinas golf industry for several decades as a superintendent for 35+ years at some of the most high-profile courses in the region. Randy served on the Executive Committee for the Carolinas Golf Association from 2008-2017, is past president of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association and recipient of their 2006 Distinguished Service Award. In 2011, Randy brought his vast knowledge and experience to Modern Turf where he currently serves as Golf Sales Manager, helping golf industry professionals make important grass and agronomic decisions.
Mark Grainger has been in the turf industry for nearly 20 years. After studying Business at Clemson University, Mark received his turf degree from Horry Georgetown in 2005. After starting his career in Golf Course Construction, Mark worked his way through the golf industry as an Assistant and later becoming a Superintendent. With an extensive background in sports and turf, Mark made the transition to sports turf in 2008. Since that time Mark has created one of the Southeast's top Sport Turf Service Providers. His first-hand knowledge reflects both the quality of product his team produces and a successful end product for the customer.
With an extensive background in sales and marketing, Scott also has a first hand of the sports turf industry as a coach and administrator. Joining the team in 2017, Scott has helped increase sales and customer satisfaction helping boost the presence and credibility of Modern Turf Sports throughout the Carolinas.
Thomas Reeder is a sales manager for Modern Turf. A native of Camden, South Carolina, he graduated in 2011 from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Turfgrass Management. When it comes to sod or turf care, Thomas is the main point of contact. His turfgrass knowledge and wonderful people skills are an asset to Modern Turf.
Matt is the Production Manager for Modern Turf Care. He is a 2008 graduate of Horry-Georgetown with a Turf and Sports Field Management degree, and spent 2 years as an Assistant Superintendent in the southeast before starting with Modern Turf in 2014. Matt offers consultations for lawns and expertise concerning grassing options, turf care services, and the ways Modern Turf can help make lawns more enjoyable.
Scott is the Manager for the Sod and Landscape Supply Outlet. For all your residential and commercial Sod and Landscape Materials, Scott will work with you to identify and supply the proper amount of the best products to satisfy your needs and complete your project.
As the Logistics Coordinator for Modern Turf, Chris has been ensuring the correct variety and quantity of sod is shipped to your project on time since 2011. Chris has extensive landscape installation and maintenance experience and originally joined our team as a sales representative in 2010. He takes great pride in helping customers meet installation deadlines.
Always willing to help, Tammy is the Office Manager at Modern Turf. She joined the team in 2004 and has been a stabilizing force behind the scenes since then. Tammy has numerous responsibilities among all divisions and lends her expertise to billing, human resources, and accounting for the entire operation.
Chris is the Farm Manager at Modern Turf, joining the operation at its inception in 2000. He has played a vital role in the growth of the farms since then. Chris makes sure all of our sod and sprigs are harvested and ready for delivery in a timely fashion.
Joining the team in 2020, Todd brings years of experience to Modern Turf and serves as the Operations Manager. Todd has extensive knowledge of sod production and landscape operations. These qualities have given him a remarkable skill set that is helping improve the sod quality and overall operation of the farms.
After interning at Modern Turf, in 2012 Zach earned a degree from Piedmont Technical College in Turfgrass Management and started his career at Modern Turf that same year. He is currently serving as Construction Manager for our Sports Turf division. Zach oversees daily operations for the crew and supervises projects on-site. One of his many skills is laser-grading sports fields to achieve the perfect playing surface.