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Crews cleaning 400 trees from Davis County golf course

By Alex Cabrero | Posted - Dec. 8, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.


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DAVIS COUNTY -- Sometimes, no matter how bad things get, keeping a sense of humor helps.

That's why every time John Petroff and Brad Stone came across a golf ball while walking the Davis Park golf course Wednesday, they laughed.

"They're probably all mine," said Petroff, a Davis County commissioner.

On a day like this, cracking jokes is a lot better than being depressed about all the cracked trees on the course.

"It hurts when something like this happens, yeah," said Stone, who is the golf pro at the course.

Last Thursday, 419 trees came down during a fierce wind storm. Stone was inside the club house when the trees started bending.

"We actually visibly saw trees falling down," said Stone.

Crews are still chopping them up and moving them out of the way. Stumps and uprooted trees are everywhere, but they'll get to those, too.

"We'll start with a plan, some sort of plan. We're really in clean-up mode right now," said Stone.

For Stone, this is especially tough. Decades ago, when he was just out of college, he helped plan where the trees were to be placed.

"In that aspect, you see 20 or 25 years of growth go down in a couple-hour period, and to watch it, it's disheartening," said Stone.

"Although these trees were beautiful and they looked so nice, apparently it's not the right place for a pine tree because it doesn't have that root system that we needed," said Petroff.

Future trees will be a different species, but there's still the matter of paying for them. Right now, Petroff says it doesn't look like any federal disaster funding would be available.

"We haven't looked at all the avenues yet, we're still in the recovery mode here getting it cleaned up, and we will pursue every possible way we can get it," said Petroff.

"Those are things we're thinking about, but we really haven't come up with how we're going to do it, but we're going to do it," said Stone. "We'll do it, and we'll do it right, and we'll make it better."

Davis Park plans on opening the front nine holes this Friday, but the back nine still needs a lot of work. It's possible the back nine won't open until next spring.

E-mail: acabrero@ksl.com

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