1. Woodlands

Large woodlands, smaller copses and individual trees provide visual interest on the golf course and may be used to provide focal points to the back of greens to enable golfers to line and position shots or as separation between golf holes.  Strategically, they can be used as gateways to increase challenge or used to create doglegs.  Trees and hedgerows also provide screening and security

Woodlands and hedgerows are also an important wildlife habitat and adding new plantations can be an easy way of diversifying the habitat types on the golf course, assuming new trees would not replace valuable existing habitat and are appropriately planted and managed.

This Woodland Resource Section looks at how to manage existing woodlands and hedgerows for golf and wildlife and how to extend the lifespan of strategic woodlands.  It also provides advice on creating new woodlands and hedgerows, including tree spacings, species choice and aftercare.


1.1 Lessons from nature

1.2 Managing existing woodlands

1.3 Trees and playing surfaces

1.4 Troublesome tree species

1.5 Self set trees

1.6 Ancient woodland and veteran trees

1.7 Tree planting