Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New drain, and 'Goodbye, Ash trees!'

Golfers at Sugar Creek are already fitting in their first rounds of the year and noticing some of our projects from the winter.  Specifically, the area around the 6th green looks much different after the removal of 111 dead ash trees.  These trees have been dead for two years, but the removal of the trunks is still shocking to see.  The trees died due to the Emerald Ash Borer, which I have written about in the past.  It will take time, but the area will be restored and planted with a wide variety of native trees which will be more resistant to a species specific pest like the EAB.  If you are interested in donating a tree, with or without a memorial plaque, now would be a great time.  See Memorial Tree Program for more.

As part of the renovation in this area, we added a large drain between the 6th green and 7th tee to alleviate some wet areas that have long been problematic.  At the moment, the back, blue tee on the 7th hole is out of play but it will be back in action soon.  Here are some pictures from the area:

New drainage connects to existing basin

The trench between 7 tee and 6 green

This wet area will drain better now!
Ash trees removed

A different view
Left of 6 green in 2014 when trees were about half dead

Behind 6 green

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