Golf practices and games that are similar to today’s game dates back some 600 years. The earliest games were played in fields and even on ice! Wind swept animal burrows created the earliest hazards we now design as sand bunkers. The actual rules of the game were documented around 1741. Historians mention earth worms as being one on the major problems on early greens. It was also realized that these worms were also beneficial as they provided a form of aerification as they tunneled, so brushing the surface and applying sand help keep surfaces smooth provided a better putting surface.
Hundreds of years later we find grounds crew staff encountering very similar pest problems and controlling them is still very important providing improved playing conditions. At Juliette Falls, the design was made to create corridors between and around holes so natural inhibitors can co-exist with the course and help to manage those thresholds. We enjoy hearing golfers talk about sightings of animals including our infamous fox squirrels, rabbits and hawks just to name a few! Sharing our outdoor space with these critters adds to the nostalgia of our location in beautiful Central Florida.
The staff really works hard to provide the best playing experience for everyone including all the wildlife that roams around the property, like they have done on courses for many, many years. Our history here at Juliette Falls is short at 11 years but, we are proud we have carried on some traditions from early golf history. Thank you for all the golfers that come out and play as we see a very bright future for many years to come