Tree Maintenance for Golf Course Playability and Safety
As time passes, golf course properties age and so do their trees. Trees that were planted 50-100 years ago for architectural or aesthetic function, are now in many cases improperly located or in decline. e northeast region of the country contains many of the oldest and well-treed golf courses. Maintaining healthy turf and playing conditions has always been a challenge at these clubs. Progressive superintendents and their members understand the benefits of working with a knowledgeable, certified arborist.
A comprehensive approach is always best. is should include the superintendent, the club decision-makers and the course architect. Using a combination of archived architectural resources, developing a strategic tree management plan to include selective tree removal and preservation can help restore the vistas and architectural ow of the golf course. Trees that were planted decades ago are now too close to greens, tees, or fairways causing serious problems to the turf. Mature trees cause shade issues and create competition for water and nutrients. Turf will not thrive under these conditions. Declining trees on a golf course property create a hazardous environment for people frequenting the course, the parking area, the club house, the practice area, etc. Pruning hazardous limbs or complete removal of declining trees are necessary steps to keep the property safe.
It is imperative to evaluate the short and long term agronomic and nancial impact of your tree canopy. Today, with solutions through science and experience, we utilize data to make decisions; tree mapping, canopy sunlight studies and other technology assist in identifying the necessary pruning or removal of the canopy to optimize the playability.
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