Honey bees are responsible for pollinating over $30 million worth of crops each year in the U.S.
They have the potential to make trees and plants have bigger, more plentiful blooms, and fruit trees yield larger, more flavorful fruit.
When you invite bees onto your course you are helping increase bee populations, bit by bit. Members will delight in knowing that by keeping bees, you are taking an environmentally friendly approach to maintaining your club.
Without honey bees, everything stops. They pollinate the crops that feed us and the animals that we use for meat and dairy, as well as the cotton that we use for clothing and other textiles. By introducing 10 hives (each hive contains 20,000-80,000 bees) you are helping preserve life as we know it.
Beehives may not be particularly visually interesting, but they do produce honey, which allows you to provide a novelty product to members.
When you sign on with bees, the honey will follow.
A productive hive can create up to 40 gallons in 11 months.
Outside of the traditional uses, honey can have a lot of uses on the golf course. Think along the lines of marketing. Nothing says novelty quite like selling honey that was produced at your club. Club-specific honey will have its own flavor, unrivaled by store-bought honey.
Whether your honey is being sold in pro shops, given as prizes at tournaments, or used as favors for a Ladies Tea event, members will treasure having a unique product that came from your club.
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Honey bees are eusocial. Adult bees are divided into a queen, female workers and male drones.
The average honey bee is quite docile, only stinging when provoked. Bees can only deliver one sting to humans, as they will perish after that sting.
Only one queen lives in a given hive. She is the largest bee in the colony, and is the only female with fully developed ovaries. She is capable of producing more than 1,500 eggs a day.
All worker bees are female and have many different jobs, throughout their lifetime, such as maintaining the cleanliness and temperature of the hive, nursing larvae, attending to the queen, building the hive, and making honey.
Drones are the only male bees in the colony, and make up a relatively small part of a hives population. They lack stingers and their only purpose in life is mating with queens.
Bees are susceptible to several different diseases, so the beekeeper will keep an eye out for any signs of malady and medicate the hive when necessary.
We introduce Beehives into your Golf Club.
Generally speaking, golf courses have a reputation for being "green deserts," due to the lack of biodiversity and pollinators.
Our beekeeper, Paul Shannon, will set up hives on your club and visit them every week. These visits have many different purposes as the year goes on.
He will determine the proper hive placement. This is crucial for the survival of the bees. The best place for placing hives is an out-of-play area that is easily accessible by our beekeeper. The best area will have the largest combination of good drainage, a nearby water source, partial sunlight, and minimal wind.
The beekeeper will check the hive for population numbers, the brood pattern, and the well-being of the queen and her eggs.
During honey season, the hive will be checked to ensure that the bees have enough honey supers to fill with honey. Outside of honey season, the bees will be fed to keep the hive happy and healthy.
A honey super will be used to collect the surplus honey that the bees don't need for their nursery and food pantry. This surplus honey will be the honey you receive for your own use.