NCC WILDFLOWER GARDEN

This spring, the out-of-play area between the 10th and 12th Tee boxes will become the location of a Wildflower Garden to offer a habitat for Monarch butterflies.

42 species of tall grass prairie, short grass prairie and wetlands plants have been ordered with a heavy emphasis on wildflowers including Milkweed – needed by Monarchs to sustain their life cycle.  

All plants are sourced from Prairie Originals, a local native plant grower working only with local genetics. Once mature this garden will support nectar loving birds, butterflies, bees – but not deer! …along with enhancing the natural aesthetics of the golf course. 

MONARCHS in the ROUGH

A Wonder of the World, Monarchs have declined by more than 90% over the last 2 decades.  NCC joins with Audubon International to restore a habitat and migration area for Monarchs in out-of-play areas of our golf course and creating awareness of how the golf course can contribute significantly to a world-wide conservation challenge.

NCC Horticulturalist, Daphne Stapley leads the naturalization of woodland and the seeding of Milkweed off the river bank at Hole 10 to the back of the 12th tee complex. Milkweed provides the environment where Monarchs lay their eggs and is the food that larvae need to complete their metamorphosis into adult butterflies.  This area will be declared environmentally sensitive, denoted with appropriate signage.

NCC’s participation in #MonarchsInTheRough contributes to the ecological naturalization of our golf sanctuary and serves a community leadership role in global conservation stewardship.

Goose on Eggs

Nella Frank

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Goose sitting on her eggs within the burnt area near the 10th tees.  May 13th, 2021.

Snapping Turtle

Shawn Major

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This snapping turtle was on the move from the Seine River to the pond on hole 16 on Tuesday May 11th, 2021.

Red Fox

Cory Frank

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August 10 2020. Seen in the right rough off the 6th tee.

Baby Deer

Cory Frank

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Newborn deer on 16th fairway. 11AM Sunday June 12th, 2020