Today is the final day of the Master's golf tournament so a perfect time to end a 3-part series of the beautiful course. Imagine walking down the stairs (to the left) with me to see what other treasures adorn the course as I pass along some interesting facts.
This golf course sits on property were Fruitlands Nursery was formed in 1858. The nursery was in operation for over 50 years when the owner died. The land sat stagnant until 1931 when it was purchased ($70,000) by golf legend Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts to form a golf course. They acquired the assistance of the Nursery owners grandson (at age 74) for plant placement of the many remaining plants from the days of an operating nursery. More then 80,000 plants and more then 350 varieties have been added over the years!
One of the many plants brought to Georgia from other countries during the days of being a nursery may have been this bamboo. It may also be one of many varieties of bamboo that are native to Georgia. The Atlanta zoo comes to our area to harvest bamboo for their Panda bears! They will only eat a certain type and it grows here in gardens. People are kind enough to allow them to harvest for the cute little critters.
Magnolia lane, which I have already shown you, is lined with 61 magnolias that were planted before the Civil War! This beautiful tree is found throughout the course. I wonder how old these to the left are?
White is not only seen in the blooming dogwoods and azaleas but other plants adorn beautiful white blooms as well.
Here are two different examples of white found around the course. The close up is NOT of the bush above right.
Pink dogwoods were easily recognised by our eyes. I love pink dogwoods and sometime wonder why we don't see more of them in southern gardens.
We found a beautiful old evergreen (spruce?) tree near the Clubhouse at the end of Magnolia Lane.
I wonder if this tree is as old as the Magnolia trees?
New growth was apparent on the green tips.
I find the trunk interesting even after many years of pruned branches.
Bushes of blooming red Camellias were seen about as well as beautiful purple blossoms of Wisteria vines.
There is a wisteria vine located behind the Clubhouse that we could not see, as this area was off limits. It is believed to be the largest vine of its kind in the country! Oh, how I wanted to sneak behind the clubhouse for a peek!
Enlarge this picture to see the massive roots on this Wisteria.
Another grand "Deep South" tree would be the magnificent Live Oak. The Live Oak is the state tree of Georgia.
Green leaves are just starting to pop out on this oak and the trunk is filled with Resurrection Fern. I was unaware of this fern until we moved here. We have a small clump at the base of one of our Sweet Gum Trees.
This is our fern that you see to the right, as a close up example.
This is a very interesting Air Plant (like Spanish Moss) that grows on tree branches. It stays lush and green by taking nutrient and water from the tree. With lack of water, it will brown and curl up in a dormant state, appearing dead. With a spray of the hose or a rainfall, within minutes, it resurrects back to life! I wonder if my small clump, will ever be this massive. Hummmm.
I am not sure what this beautiful creamy yellow bush is but it was really an eye catcher with the vibrant green of the course to compliment it. See the close up below.
There is an interesting fact that I will share with you but did not think to snap a picture of. After all, who would snap a shot of a ever so common Privet hedge? Well, the Privet Hedge at this place was imported from France in the 1860's and is the source for most hedges of its kind in the south! Wish I had snapped a picture of it. Oh well, there is always next year!
I hope you have enjoyed my 3-part series on this beautiful Golf Course. I must leave you with one more thing that I found impressive about this place. Each and every Hole on the course is named after some type of plant or flower. The men that created this course really did appreciate the beauty of plants and flowers!
Hole 1-Tea Olive
Hole 2-Pink Dogwood
Hole 3-Flowering Peach
Hole 4-Flowering Crab Apple
Hole 8-Yellow Jasmine
Hole 9-Carolina Cherry
Hole 11-White Dogwood
Hole 12-Golden Bell
Hole 14-Chinese Fir
Even though I snapped tons of picture, many of which I have shared with
you in this 3-part series, you can see by reading the Hole names, that I am missing many More Treasures of this beautiful Golf Course. Or is it a Garden?