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Going out on a limb to preserve course canopies

Landscape design enhances golfers' enjoyment of game

Although I never was much for poetry, I couldn't agree more with the article by Mark Herrmann (“It’s time for golf to turn over a new leaf,” Nov. 13).

Golf-course design and maintenance, just like clothing fashion, has its ebb and flow, influenced by prevailing authority and opinion. While there is no doubt about tree removal to enhance the health of today’s turf grasses, steps can be taken to keep the park-like setting inherent with this design.

The use of landscape design can dramatically enhance our enjoyment of our time on the course. Who hasn't felt the excitement of a green revealed after navigating the corner of a tree-lined dogleg? Doesn't a par 5 seem longer when the rule of perspective is used with a few well-placed trees, grasses or shrubs? Designers of gardens know the tricks to use to fool our eyes, to give depth and add interest.

Just as Audubon-endorsed areas add environmental value to golf courses, so too can well-placed ornamental plants, increasing our experience on the course.

I speak for the trees!

Ken Chojnacki
Delran, N.J.

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