Last Updated on 9. February 2022 by adminGolfSustainable

Natural monument at GC Ulm remains a special feature

She is small, she is inconspicuous – but she is special. On the other side of the second lane on the course of the GC Ulm, the smaller wet meadow is hardly noticeable these days – although there is a natural monument here. We are talking about the rare Siberian iris (Iris sibirica) , which was found here before the golf course was built in 1963/64. The Lower Iller Valley with its watercourses and small ponds provided a perfect habitat for orchids in many places.
To protect the rare species of irises, the golf holes of the golf course in Ulm, which is certified gold as part of the Golf & Nature program, were not only built around the wetland and the neighboring nutrient-poor grass areas, since then the protection of the area has been essential for the greenkeepers. The effort is actually limited: “We mow here at most once a year,” explains greenkeeper Thomas Ströbele, who can still remember that the area for the irises was even fenced off years ago for protection. “Now that’s no longer necessary because the club’s golfers know how rare the terrain is and are very proud of it.”

Wetland meets nutrient-poor grassland
What is unusual at this point is above all the meeting of the wetland with the nutrient-poor grassland area, on which the greater burnet plant can also be found, which in turn is flown to by both the dusky and the highly endangered light burnet blue .
The butterfly is a Red List species and has now gained some notoriety among local golfers as well.
For the golf club, the meeting of the dry and wet areas behind the 18th tee of the course – a very rare case in Baden-Württemberg in this form – means that attention must be paid to the balance between the areas. Above all, the spread of reeds must be prevented. A task in which Ulrich Müller from the Donau-Iller regional association of the BUND even gets involved himself from time to time. “This is such a special place, I just stop by again and again,” sums up the expert.
In the middle of the golf course is the Iris sibirica, a natural monument that was classified as endangered in 2018 according to the German Red List as level 3. Anyone who sees the iris in full bloom in their neighbour’s garden should not be misled into assuming that the plant is also widespread in the wild. There she needs perfect site conditions – like next to the fairway 2 in the GC Ulm.

The mowed reeds behind the 18th ladies tee