By way of introductory information, here is an article which we were able to publish in the specialist magazine “golfmanager” in issue 2/16.

Golf ball protective nets integrated with existing trees – an alternative installation solution

More and more golf courses are experiencing how the sport is developing.
Thanks to improved playing ability and the optimization of the materials used, golf balls frequently no longer land where they should but on neighbouring holes, streets and residents’ gardens, thereby representing a liability risk for the golf course operator as well as posing a danger to other people.
Golf ball protective nets can provide the remedy here, traditionally fixed to masts.

An idea is born

A member of the Falkenstein golf club in Hamburg visited a climbing course built in the trees by Balance Erlebnis Lernen GmbH.
Inspired by an anchoring technology for the various climbing elements involving no drilling as well as ropes in the trees, the idea was born to transfer the know-how of this rope course specialist to protective nets for golf balls.

Implementation

At a planning meeting on site at which the Managing Director of the Hamburg golf club, Berthold Apel, explained the endangered areas, the trees were immediately inspected as a potential support structure, and the desired size of nets discussed, particularly with regard to their height.
After the planning phase, the nets were installed in two sections.
First the suspension rope for the nets was installed to enable the exact size of the nets to be determined.
After the nets were individually produced, they were then fitted.
Thanks to the excellent condition of the existing old trees, it proved possible to raise the height of all the nets already in place. In the first phase of construction, seven nets with an area of 1,800 square metres were erected. The nets are on average 30 metres in length and cover a height of ten metres. The largest net so far installed with an area of 56 m x 8.5 m which was mounted at the end of the driving range, covers a total height of 12 metres as a result of the existing fence!
The nets were installed in such a way that they always remain horizontally tensioned in spite of the movement of the tree in the wind. Installation was accomplished with belts, ropes and balancing weights without any drilling. The installation does not impair the trees in their freedom to move – and with it their root growth – nor in their diameter growth.

The vision

After the initial installation in 2012, further nets were fitted at Falkenstein golf club in 2014 and again at the end of April 2016.
The installation technology offers an opportunity to blend nets pleasantly with a golf course – a service to be offered in future to other clubs and which will enhance their safety.

Golfclub Falkenstein, Hamburg, driving range: The existing fence could be increased significantly

Further information

We have put together further information on the installation of golf ball protective nets in trees.

You can, of course, also send us an enquiry if you would like to have nets installed in the traditional manner, i.e. with masts!

Golf ball protective nets installed in trees:

What are the prerequisites for building the nets in trees?
The trees – numbering at least two – should be healthy, tall with sturdy growth. These are the factors that determine how high the nets can be installed. Of course, several nets can be fitted behind each other.

How are the trees assessed?
We recommend having the trees inspected by an expert with regard to their stability and sturdiness, if this has not already happened as part of general maintenance.

What happens if the trees are tall but too weak in terms of their diameter?
There is an option then to secure the trees to enable them still to be used. This can be done without using concrete.

How long does the installation take?
We carry out installation in two steps. The installation process takes around three months as a result of customised net production.

What are the first steps?
You contact us.
Ideally you will send us pictures of the hole layout and the estimated height of the trees.
Everything else is best clarified in a meeting on site.

We look forward to hearing from you.