Golfers braving late winter’s often chilly temperatures and brisk winds are finding a little less tree trouble at the Ballwin Golf Course.
Eleven trees, including seven ash, a large oak and three honey locust, have been cut down in recent weeks. The ash specimens were deemed not worth saving from the ongoing invasion of the emerald ash borer while the others were in generally poor condition.
Although the removals are noticeable to those familiar with the nine-hole layout, they represent a small fraction of the 427 trees remaining on golf course property.
Another 18 trees also rated in poor condition during an overall inventory completed last year with a grant from the state conservation department are scheduled to be cut down during the next two years.
Meanwhile, 15 ash trees in good condition are being treated with chemicals to keep the destructive ash borers at bay for as long as possible.
Plans call for replacing the trees that have been removed but no decisions have been made on the species to be added, according to Linda Bruer, Ballwin’s director of parks and recreation.