What the heck is "TURF LIFE?"

Turf Life started in 2013 as a seed planted by the “Founding Farmer” -Terrie Purdum of Southern Golf Central magazine. In 2015, Terrie found another farmer (Bob Bissell) who has a brother (Jim) living in another farm country… Switzerland! So with some seed money and fertilizer, these three amigos started growing the concept and formed the company Turf Life, Inc.

Turf Life is the brand that salutes the consumer and industry “players” everywhere whose lives involve turf. It addresses the games we play and the jobs we do. Turf Life showcases sports, businesses,education and our enjoyment of the outdoors. Turf Life will introduce you to the people that compete on, grow, and maintain turf grass.

Turf Life also celebrates an appreciation for the hard work and science that goes into maintaining and developing a sustainable turf environment. Our purpose is to promote the responsible use of water and nutrients so that life is always greener on the Turf Life side! Turf-heads everywhere are reducing their carbon footprint…so please join the club and make your voice heard! DEFEND YOUR TURF…. by being a part of Turf Life.

Whether you are playing on turf or helping to maintain it,
Turf Life is all about you!

Who’s Running the Show

There are five people making a difference at Turf Life, Inc.

  • Terrie Purdum, President and Founding Farmer
  • Robert Bissell, Esq., Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel (Mouthpiece)
  • Jim Bissell, Chairman of the Board at L’hopital de La Tour in Geneva , Switzerland
  • Shannon Coates, Special Assistant (and Double Agent) in charge of Fertilization
  • Greg Wise, Renaissance man-photographer, writer and golfer

Terrie is well known to the golf community.  For the past 17 years, she has published Southern Golf Central, a lifestyle magazine featuring everything you like about golf.  Terrie is an avid sports fan and accomplished golfer (2009 N. FL Amateur of the Year).  She has a passion for people and especially turf-heads.  As Founding Farmer of Turf Life, she understands the beauty of perfect turf and the hidden hard work that it takes to improve and preserve what Mother Nature has provided.  For years, Terrie has been dedicated to honoring the golf course superintendents and educating the public about the proper use of water and nutrients for sustainable turf.  She has her blonde moments…so please show a little understanding if something seems amiss.  Your issues will be addressed promptly and with respect.


Robert is an experienced lawyer and executive. He is old but not in the way! Robert is also an accomplished athlete (1969 USDEA Athlete of the Year and Football Hall of Famer at the U. of Tampa) and big fan of all turf sports. He has been an active member of the FL Bar for 39 years. That’s a lot of headaches right there! For seven years he was Executive Director of Humana Central FL: responsible for 250 employees and a $200,000,000 annual budget. In 1995 he served as President of the FL Association of HMOs. Robert has also served as General Counsel for two health care entities and, most recently, an engineering design firm. That firm grew from $7,000,000 in annual revenue to $50,000,000 during his tenure. Robert goes by many nick names, not all of which can be printed. Bo, Bob, Bissell, Hoover…. loves all sports, but especially the big five (baseball, football, soccer, golf and curling).


Jim is the primary supplier of chocolate for the company. He is a dual citizen of the US and Switzerland and really likes the Olympics (where he can root for two countries!). He was CEO at LaTour from 1981 to 2015, when the hospital was sold for $550,000,000. Jim has a keen business mind and combines that expertise with all of the hospitality skills needed to operate a super successful full service hospital for three decades. Jim can herd cats, speaks fluent French and his English is not bad. Jim and Bob share the same parents.


Shannon has been Terrie’s editor and friend (is that even possible?) for most of the time that Golf Central Magazine has been published. Her dedication to details and time lines is legendary. She is the glue that keeps it all together for Turf Life. Shan talks like a sailor on occasion…you know nautical terms and all. She knows where the fertilizer is stored and is not afraid to spread it around.


Greg is a man for all seasons. Make that a golfer in all seasons! Whatever you need, whenever you need it…call Greg. He will get the job done or find a good excuse that you can probably use to thwart off the person who made you call Greg. As a photographer he is paparazzi worthy!


  • Find a video camera/phone and someone with a steady hand or tripod
  • Buy, beg for or borrow (a bit dubious) a Turf Life decal
    • Decide on the decal that speaks to your happy space lifestyle (golf, soccer, baseball, football, lacrosse, etc.)
    • Pick the original TL decal (without any sport) if you can’t decide
  • Equip yourself with state of the art tools
    • A water bottle filled with H2O (u can google this chemical formula if need b)
    • Soap or window cleaner
    • A hard edged scrapper or piece of plastic or expired credit card
    • A rag
  • Using your best skills from art history class or geometry, pick a spot for your decal
    • Most of our decals are approximately 7”x 4”
    • Now clean a space on the window at least two times the size of the decal (do the math!)
  • On a hard flat smooth surface, use your scrapper for 58-59 seconds to help bond the decal to the front clear plastic
    • Eliminating this step could be hazardous to your sticker’s health
    • You don’t need a stop watch…try holding your breath if you’re healthy
  • Remove the backing, again hold your breath (optional) and position the decal in the perfect spot you have cleaned and selected
  • Firmly but gently use the scrapper back and forth to transfer the decal from the plastic to the window
    • Do this for two(2) hold your breaths…since you are probably exhausted by now
    • Peel off the plastic and don’t throw it in any lake or ocean
    • You are not finished
  • Celebrate with your favorite form of celebration and send us the video link
  • If we end up using your video, we will give you a $50 credit for use on our website Turflife.club

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