Responsible choices for the next 100 years
"as beautiful as trees are, we must not lose
sight of the fact that there is a limited place for
them in golf.“
- Donald Ross
• Frames greens and fairways
• Strategic to shot choice
• Habitat for animals
• Safety, blocks errant shots
• Separates holes
• Sense of history (plant
program since the early
• Park like setting
• Large water consumption
• Expensive maintenance
• Turf weakening and
• Blocks sunlight, even more
critical in winter
• Reduced air circulation
• Blocks views (ie. 2,10)
• Encroaches on hole design
Important tree evaluation
• Does the tree help or hurt the playability of the golf course?
• Does the tree slow course playing time?
• Does the tree provide safety to golfers or buildings by blocking errant
• Does the tree obscure a scenic view or the golfer's need to see the green?
• Is it a desirable tree species?
• What is the value of the tree?
• How long may the tree live?
• How healthy is the tree?
• How fast does the tree grow?
• Does the tree create turf maintenance problems?
• Does the tree contribute to the artistic landscape of the golf course?
• Does the tree need attention: pruning, thinning, moving, removal, disease
or insect treatment, fertilization.
• Tree can roots can radiate 150% of the height
of the tree, and typically 50 feet in every
• Trees are dominant to grass and steal
nutrients, water, and sunlight from other turf
• Must have a tree master plan
• Trees are expensive to maintain
• Trees consume a lot of water
• Sequoyah has been overplanted
• Eucalyptus trees should all go
• The overall inventory should be reduced
• Some trees to be replanted (desirable species)