Over the off season we transplanted a 50 foot Sweetgum tree from the right of 18 rough and moved it to the left side of 18 tee where it replaced a smaller tree which was also transplanted forward 25 yards.
The process involved excavating the tree and maintaining a 25 foot root-ball so the tree has the best possible chance of survival. To accomplish such a task of moving it over 250 yards involved some very innovative tools including propping the tree up using a series of long airbags to lift the tree up out of the ground and pulling it with a large excavator.
Excavating tree to maintain healthy root ball
Tree rigged with burlap and wire mesh for stability
Steel pipes hammered under tree to create a base plate
Airbags being used to hoist tree into air
Making our way toward 18 tee
The view from 18 tee