Trees and woodland form an essential part of the setting of many golf courses and are integral to how individual holes play. We work with golf course owners, managers and architects to create tree and woodland management plans to maximise the potential of trees.
A strategic approach helps owners and managers to understand tree stock and the role it plays and to define a future vision for this. Trees take many decades to mature and long-term management planning is essential. For example, a group of mature trees integral to how an individual hole plays now could disappear over the next 30 years, meaning it is essential to plant replacements quickly. We define these key elements of the tree setting in a management plan together with the works required to preserve and maintain them. These can then be incorporated into the annual work programme.
Management and new planting of fairway trees
Trees within or alongside the fairway will determine golfing challenge on some holes and need to be preserved through sound management and arboriculture. Expertise on new planting can enhance the game by reshaping / narrowing the fairway or planting trees in the rough to make wayward tee shots harder. Play is not only influenced by trees but also landscape features such as ditches and we offer arboricultural advice and management to enhance these.
Hazard Tree Surveys
Regular inspection of hazard needs to be carried out on golf courses. Such trees are a potential threat not only to golfers, but also neighbouring properties and passing vehicles or pedestrians. We can help golf club owners and managers to fulfil their statutory obligations with hazard tree management strategies and can also train staff in basic visual assessment of trees.
Biodiversity and careful environmental stewardship is an important element of your golf course. Just as Links courses create potential for certain species of flora and fauna, so trees and woodland create unique habitats and species opportunities. Well managed woodland habitats will also benefit birds and give golfers the pleasure of seeing or hearing a treecreeper, nuthatch or woodpecker. We work with architects, course managers and greenkeeping teams to improve wooded areas and woodland edge to enhance such ecological and visual benefits.
Greenkeeping teams can be trained to deliver tree work which would otherwise be contracted out. Our experts will train in-house staff to identify hazardous trees, the maintenance and formative pruning of young trees, and woodland thinning helping golf courses to manage resources more effectively.