The trees just south of the 11th tee have been down for a couple of months now and the positive results of this project have become increasingly obvious. Below is a picture taken from the 11th tee before the removal of the trees and then the next picture was taken just the other day.
Maybe even more impressive is the view from the south looking back toward the tee. Here's a before and after picture from that viewpoint. In these pictures you can really appreciate the size of the trees.
You can see that the planting effectively buffers the roadway and the new trees are a variety that will max out at a height of 30' so they will never cause problems similar to those we experienced from the big firs (i.e. shade, bad golf, road up-heaving). This planting was quite a project in of itself. First of all, the plants were donated by some neighbors with the stipulation that we cover the cost of removal and replacement. The plants had outgrown their space. Here's what they looked like before transplanting.
After most of my staff teamed up and hand dug around each of these plants, Jeremy then used a machine to load them onto our trailer.
The large plants then had to be off loaded at the golf course, and then transported to the planting area on 11 tee.
The whole process took several days, and ironically it all came together on a couple snowy days in early March. I honestly had fears that this project would start at the same time the grass would start growing. No one could have predicted that the course would be covered in snow on March 5th. The timing just couldn't have been better and it was fun watching the crew work together to get this project done. I provided the tools, but it was all coordinated by Jeremy and as always he never disappoints. The planting looks really good, but you should know we're going to add several more plants to increase the overall density. When you see Jeremy, give him an attaboy. This was a tough project and he's pretty proud of how it's turned out so far.