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Trees on golf courses: Should they stay or should they go? @AGuyNicholson examines.

The issue came to the fore 10 years ago this summer, after a radical and covert tree-removal program to restore Oakmont CC back to its roots was unveiled at the 2007 U.S. Open. The historic Pittsburgh-area club kept cutting and has now removed about 15,000 trees from its grounds over two decades, serving as a powerful case study for advocates of removal. Consulting architects are still citing the Oakmont example in their pitches to clubs, Andrew says. But if one contentious restoration demonstrated the benefits of tree removal, it also exposed the other side of the argument. A decade after that U.S. Open, there is still fierce resistance among owners and members who see their trees as guardians of par and totems of tradition in a modern game that fetishizes both concepts. The technocrats roll their eyes at most such arguments, but they also acknowledge that some trees are ...

Full article: http://scoregolf.com/feature/the-case-against-trees/

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