The Impact of Trees on Golf Course Architecture

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Visit any respectable golf course and you’ll be sure to see lots of trees. While you’re out on the links, chances are you won’t pay much attention to those trees unless they happen to get in your way or you shank a ball into one of them.

Trees are actually a very important part of golf course architecture, impacting shade on the turf and greens as well as the design strategy, maintenance of the course itself and the challenge level for players. Golfers seem to either love or hate trees; some enjoy their aesthetic value and shade, while others think they just get in the way.

The average golfer likely won’t, and doesn’t need to, understand everything associated with golf course design and the way trees can improve or diminish the overall experience. However, if you own or operate a golf course you know that even the nicest trees may eventually need to be removed, whether because they grew too large, became diseased or are negatively affecting player experiences. This is where a professional golf course tree removal service comes in to play.

Shading Effects of Trees on Golf Courses

Whether or not the grass on your golf course will benefit from tree shading depends on the type of grass itself. In general, grasses used for golf courses need full exposure to the sun’s rays, but some species require more sustained sunlight than others. When you go to reseed or change breeds, it’s important to consider tree shade and how existing trees may affect your new choice of grass.

  • Bentgrass greens need morning sun
  • Bermuda greens need as much sun as possible
  • Tree height should also be considered

Tree shade is not static. In fact, when it comes to the shadow a tree casts, no two days a year will ever be the exact same. Keep that in mind when you’re choosing trees and grass and making decisions on pruning existing trees.

Golf Course Design Strategies

The truth is trees can either make or break a golf course. Planting them haphazardly can cause all sorts of problems, and sometimes trees planted with the best of intentions have unintended effects and consequences.
Golf course designers know that lots of research should go into the matter, including the type, size and location of the trees used to optimize the look, feel and practicality of the course.

Golf Course Tree Removal in Atlanta

When it’s time to remove a tree (or several trees) from your golf course, call 404-386-3333 right away to enlist the help of the friendly, experienced tree removal experts at Gunnison Tree Specialists. Tree removal is highly technical work, and the last thing you want is for a careless landscaping company to damage your course, unwittingly damage healthy trees or otherwise negatively impact your course and the player experience. You shouldn’t trust just anyone to do the job, and it’s always best to go with a company who has experience working on golf courses. We would be happy to provide you with a free quote, so don’t hesitate to contact us today!


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