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Trees, Trees, Trees!

Rec 1Throughout November, December and January, some significant work was completed relative to the trees on all of the City of Long Beach golf courses. Between American Golf and the City’s Golf Capital Improvement Fund, approximately $150,000 was spent during this time on tree trimming, removals and plantings.

El Dorado GC has approximately 1,800 trees, many of which were planted between 1971 and 1974, and a lot of these have reached the end of their life cycle. As can be seen in some of the accompanying pictures, many trees at El Dorado were dead, or had significantly stressed or weakened limbs that were hazardous. Fifty-eight trees that were dead or dying, that suffered from potential limb failure or whose removal would help with speed of play or enhanced turf were removed from El Dorado. A total of 36 new trees were planted there, with a goal of eventually providing safety against wayward shots, redefining the architectural design of certain holes, or simply providing appealing esthetics.

At Rec South 9-hole, 7 trees had to be removed as part of the Termino Storm Drain Project several years ago, and that project paid for the recent installation of 14 trees there. Some of those will eventually provide protection from errant shots, and some are designed to direct electric carts away from areas that would result in too much wear.

At Rec Park 18, about 12 dead or dying trees were removed, and 44 new trees were planted. Last summer, 11 trees were planted as part of the bunker renovation project and work done on the practice area, and in the fall of 2013, the Rec Park Men’s Club donated twenty trees, so about 75 trees have been planted there in the last two years. Most of the new trees at Big Rec are intended to replace trees that have been removed over the last 20 years, or will help fill in open areas between holes that need better definition.

Early in 2014, approximately 60 dead Olive trees were removed from Skylinks GC and 36 new trees were planted there. The new trees included a significant number of new trees between the 2nd and 6th holes and the 14th and 15th holes.

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