Today marked the start of the removal of several Austrian Pine trees in the common rough between #5 and #6 on the South Course. Over the past decade, because of a general decline in health, many trees of similar stature have been removed. The decline is primairly due to two key factors; Diplodia Tip Blight (fungus) and Pine Shoot Borer (insect). Although not all trees in this area will be removed, other Austrian Pines have been identified and will be removed throughout the remainder of this week.
The removal of the trees will, no doubt, have some impact on the playability of the hole. The true impact will be realized at the completion of this project, at which time, an assessment will be made and any neccessary adjustments will be planned.
As you see in the pictures below, the inside of the hole has opened up for more visibility.
View from #6 Black Tee Before Removal