Paul Stead, Kennett Square Golf & Country
Club’s superintendent of 12 years, started a
pollination station in 2015. A conversation
with Stead put a bug in Jon Urbanski’s ear.
Such critter chat bore a bee harvest at Bidermann Golf Club in 2017.
“We’re trying to become a certified Audubon
Cooperative Sanctuary. This is another step
in that entire certification process,” Urbanski,
Bidermann’s superintendent of 13 years, said.
“This was something that, for a very small
investment, we could get off the ground. I
think Paul has proved this at Kennett. You can
have successful pollinator programs of various
insects and still maintain a golf course to what-
ever standard you want that to be. It can still
be a benefit to the environment.”
More on Stead’s steadfast stingers in a mo-
ment. In the fall of 2016, Bidermann acquired
two hives and carved an area to the left of the
15th fairway for placement. Two stacks sit on
cinderblocks adjacent to three ponds.
“A lot of people are going to make mention
of the chemicals, the pesticides on the market
that are eliminating our pollinators,” Urbanski,
43, of Wilmington, Del., said. “If I were to
argue, it’s not the chemicals; it’s the loss of
habitat really. It’s not just for bees; it’s for all
Honey harvested on a golf course? Better bee-lieve it’s happening
at a pair of Golf Association of Philadelphia Member Clubs.
Hive-five: Bees all the
buzz at Bidermann,
BY TONY REGINA
John Lermond, Bidermann’s
equipment manager, checks
on the bee colony.
Bidermann distributed bottles
of honey during its annual
year-end awards dinner.