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Saturday
Jun302012

Greenbrier Hit Even Harder Than Congressional

The host of next week's PGA Tour stop sustained massive golf course damage and destruction of most on course temporary structures, reports Kathryn Gregory. Thanks to reader Scott for the link.

"The whole place got hit pretty daggum hard," he said. "We've got about 50 200-year old trees that are down across the grounds."

Justice said the golf course was hit hardest. With The Greenbrier Classic set to start Monday, it couldn't have happened at a worse time.

"The fact that the primary damage is on the course is really unusual," he said. "It's not great, that's for sure."

Justice said a large number of spectator and skyboxes that had been set up for the Classis are "completely destroyed. I've got a Chairmen's tent that looks like a bomb went off in it."

Some tall CBS camera locations that had been set up around the course were "torn to pieces," he said.

The green on hole 16 is in bad shape, he said, after a major sycamore tree fell. The spectators box on 16 is also completely down, he said.

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thankfully mother nature understands the importance of tree removal on golf courses
06.30.2012 | Unregistered Commentergreg c
"couldn't have happened at a worse time"

I can think of a worse time...how about next Thursday morning!
06.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJAG
They should move it to TPC Avanel, easy logistics, great golf course.
06.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTPC Eddie
KKkkooooooooooo-KKkkkkoooooooooo
06.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBird Man
I would like to put ₤2000on the under at Ladbrokes for those trees being "200 years old"!
06.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGolfFan
@Golf fan, the place is in the middle of hundreds of miles of forests, and has been there for 100 years, so I would love to be on the Ladbrookes end of your bet.
06.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
If they can get Congo looking like it did today they should be "okay" - maybe not great, but okay - at Greenbrier.

Too bad Tom Watson is playing in Pittsburgh. They might be able to use all the help they can get.
06.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErik J. Barzeski
"Trees those useless trees, produce the air that we are breathing"
06.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterA3
I'm with brian s on the tree stat
07.1.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I'll take golffan's end of the best 200 years is very old
07.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPaboy
It's highly unlikely that those trees are anywhere near 100 years old. The state's trees were clearcut in the early part of between 1870 and 1920 century, leaving virtually none of it's timber resources standing.

http://www.wvu.edu/~exten/infores/pubs/fypubs/Trees%20-%20WV's%20Renewable%20Resource%20Leader's%20Guide%20WLG%20171.pdf


See also:

http://www.wvgazette.com/static/series/timber/TIMBHIST.html

http://www.wvgazette.com/static/series/timber/DECLINE.html
07.1.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkenoneputt
And, FWIW, there are only 317 acres of documented old-growth timber in the Monongahela National Forest, which includes almost a million acres.

http://mcn.swisd.net/foss/popeco/ecoscenario/mononga/images_sized/virgin%20forest.jpg
07.1.2012 | Unregistered Commenterkenoneputt
200 year old trees do not have to be "old growth" or "virgin forests". That county was first settled by Europeans around 1740, at which point forests would begin to be cleared with certainly the potential for new plantings to be made in selective locations. I am from the DC area, and many of the most famous old trees around here were planted in colonial times near estates, farms, ect.
07.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
Happy Arbor Day.
07.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
scan down about halfway and there is an interesting map of old growth, and above it a look at virgin foest area. Neither of these is a referendum on ''200 year old'' trees, but it makes for interesting reading, and there are more articles and photos on the link that are very impressive.

http://dendrodan.wordpress.com/category/old-growth/
07.1.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
@DigSouth - thank you for posting, very interesting.
07.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
200 years old is chump change...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dnLqLHWDg5E
07.1.2012 | Unregistered Commenterrb

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