Golf Course Construction

Pebble Beach Golf Links

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Client: Pebble Beach Golf Links

Location: Pebble Beach, California

Geography: Hardiness Zone 10a

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: When the Pebble Beach Golf Links was opened in 1918, the 18th green was guarded by a huge Monterey Pine that forced golfers to approach the green from the ocean side. When the pine succumbed to pine pitch canker and was removed, the play of the hole changed dramatically. The Pebble Beach Company asked us to find a tree to return the hole to its former glory.

Project Process: Environmental Design located a 200-year-old Monterey Cypress on the side of the first fairway and presented a plan to move the tree across the golf course to 18th hole.

Project Solution: During the 6-month process, Environmental Design root pruned the tree, encapsulated the rootball, and installed a lifting platform in preparation for the transplant. The tree transplant was accomplished in 5 days during which golf operations were never shut down.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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Client: Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Location: Charleston, SC

Geography: Hardiness Zone 8b

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: Project design called for the transplanting of more than 300 large specimen oak trees to key spots around the development. Environmental Design presented a plan to transplant these trees into a holding nursery and then re-transplant them to their final locations.

Project Process: Using Environmental Design's patented 14' spade, the trees were successfully transplanted from difficult sand/high water table conditions to a holding nursery and finally to the golf courses and resort areas under construction.

Project Solution: As a follow-up to this project, Marcia Passos Duffy visited this property 4 years later and checked on the health and vigor of the transplanted forest. Check out her observations in the article Instant Forest! Transplanting on a Massive Scale

Colleton River Plantation

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Client: Colleton River Plantation

Location: Hilton Head Island, SC

Geography: Hardiness Zone 8b

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: When a golf course was proposed to be built on the site of an historic southern plantation, concern was raised over the fate of 8 giant Live Oaks (Quercus virginiana) ranging in size from 28" to 40" caliper. Environmental Design was contacted to propose a plan to preserve these historic trees.

Project Process: Using the Environmental Design-pioneered roundball method and our 4-point gantry lift system, we transplanted these trees to key locations on the golf course.

Firestone Country Club

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Client: Firestone Country Club

Location: Akron, Ohio

Geography: Hardiness Zone 5b

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: As part of a renovation project by the Firestone Country Club, Tom Fazio was called in to modernize the course to be consistent with modern golf equipment. Environmental Design was called in to both maintain and augment the tree canopy on the new course layout.

Project Process: Using our patented 10' spade, Environmental Design transplanted on site and brought in from a location 40 miles away over 40 specimen trees (Black Tupelo, Nyssa sylvatica and Willow Oaks, Quercus phellos) to frame the new course layout.

Fallen Oak Golf Course

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Client: MGM Mirage

Location: Biloxi, Mississippi

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: While preparing for the grand opening, the Tom Fazio designed Fallen Oak Golf Course was struck by Hurricane Katrina and suffered destruction of the surrounding forest that defined the character of the soon-to-be-opened Golf Course.

Project Process: Environmental Design was called in to 're-forest' the course. Using our broad range of services, we crafted a plan that involved specimen tree supply, tree transplanting using our patented 14' spade, and giant tree moving using our gantry system.

Project Solution: The result is a spectacular golf course all but healed from its visit with Katrina.

Tehama Golf Club

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Client: Carmel Development Corporation

Location: Carmel, California

Geography: Hardiness Zone 10a

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: Carmel Development Corporation (Clint Eastwood and partners) mapped out a plan to develop a golf course and residential properties in an ecological sensitive region of California. To gain approval of the project, Carmel Development demonstrated a commitment to preserving the native forest by agreeing to transplant all native trees that would be affected by construction.

Project Process: Environmental Design was called in to move the native Coast Live Oaks from fairways, roadways, clubhouse area, ... Over the life of the project, Environmental Design has transplanted thousands of trees, maintaining the natural forest.

Frederica Township

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Client: Sea Island Company

Location: St. Simons Island, Georgia

Geography: Hardiness Zone 8b

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: The Sea Island Company's concept of high-end golf community on the picturesque St. Simons Island, Georgia called for the preservation and relocation of 100's of mature oak trees.

Project Process: Environmental Design was called in and over the course of several years, moved 100's of mature trees for the Tom Fazio designed golf course, the newly constructed stables and boat house, re-forested residential lots, and lakeside properties.

The Golf Resort at Indian Wells

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Client: OB Sports Golf Management

Location: Indian Wells, California

Geography: Hardiness Zone 8b

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: As part of an initiative by the city of Indian Wells, golf course architect Clive Clark and Pinnacle Design were retained to renovate the historic Indian Wells courses. The plan that was developed called for the preservation and transplant of the existing mature trees to new locations on the reconfigured holes.

Project Process: Environmental Design was called in to transplant over 50 trees using both our hydraulic spade and our tree boxing capabilities.

Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club

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Client: Discovery Land Company

Location: Coeur D'Alene, Idaho

Geography: Hardiness Zone 5b

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: Discovery Land Company's vision for the new Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club was to create a picturesque resort on a bluff overlooking Lake Coeur D'Alene. The resort development is anchored by a Tom Fazio designed golf course and lakeside marina. Environmental Design was contracted to move giant trees for the golf course, lakeside restaurant, and clubhouse.

Project Process: In conjunction with Discovery Land Company and Tom Fazio Design, Environmental Design tagged 70 trees to be transplanted to new locations on site. The species selected included Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa), Lodgepole Pine (Pinus contorta), Grand Fir (Abies grandis), and Douglas Fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). The trees ranged in size from 12 to 24 inch caliper.

Project Solution: Environmental Design started the transplant process by encapsulating the root system of the selected trees in the fall. The following spring, Environmental Design's crews went back to the site and transplanted the trees to their final locations.

TPC Four Seasons Dallas at Las Colinas

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Client: Bentley Forbes

Location: Irving, Tx

Geography: Hardiness Zone 8b

Type: Golf Course Construction

Project Requirements: Unseasonably wet conditions and a very aggressive project schedule drove up the level of complexity on this exciting project.

Project Process: Environmental Design brought in its patented tree spades ranging in size from 65" to 168" in rootball diameter digging capacity.

Project Solution: Trees ranging in size from 6" to 22" were relocated into key impact areas as required by the new course design.