About Us

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Great Lakes Turf, LLC, located in Byron Center MI, is a distributor of fertilizers, chemicals and maintenance accessories for golf courses and athletic fields in the Great Lakes region.  We also offer a full complement of testing and diagnostic services.


Our History

Great Lakes Turf, LLC was founded in April 2003.  It was the result of the merger of one of Michigan’s youngest golf course suppliers — Green and Grow, Inc. — founded in 1990 by Mike Plague, and its oldest — Parmenter and Andre, Inc. — which was founded in 1929 and purchased by Jim Johnson in 1993.


Our Business Philosophy and Approach

Customer service and satisfaction are paramount to us.  We aim to treat our customers, suppliers and associates fairly, consistently and professionally in all of our dealings.  To that end, our business beliefs and approach can be summed up as follows:

  • We have many products.  It is a disservice to sell our customers the wrong one.  Our representatives will ask questions, look at the turf, and utilize reliable laboratory data to make sure we are recommending the right solution.  This sometimes includes products that we don’t distribute.
  • The scientific principles of agronomy — plant physiology, soil chemistry and soil physics  — have not changed in hundreds of years.  Our product offerings and recommendations are based on proven science.
  • Understanding the interrelationships of these basic sciences and applying them to your turf requires thought.  We promise to give you our best common sense thinking — when to use a product, when not to use it; when to increase application rates and when to reduce them.  We will work with you to meet your agronomic and economic objectives.
  • We hope to earn your business by providing excellent products and top-notch service at a fair price; we back it with straightforward pricing and discount programs