Friday, November 19, 2010

Hey, Where'd You Goat...

With unusually warm fall temperatures, we apologize to those of you who have been anxiously awaiting an update on the goat project.  We have been very busy keeping course conditions optimal despite the late season growth surge.  The herd of brush goats is still on property, still munching through years of overgrowth.  As has been mentioned before, it is truly amazing what they have accomplished and pictures cannot due the project full justice.  Over the past several weeks, the goats have been busy working on the canyons parallel to the 13th, 14th, and 16th fairways.  It is interesting to note that many of our members did not realize that a significant canyon separated the 13th and 14th fairways.  It was so overgrown that most people thought it was a grove of trees.  Likewise, most people did not realize the depth of the canyon that can now be seen from the 16th tee.  Many projects in the golf industry require patience, this one has been one of the few that offers instant gratification, and a dramatic change to the appearance of the course.  Just as important, there is more air movement and more sunlight reaching these areas that during previous winter periods were shady and wet.

View from the 13th Tee looking into overgrown canyon

Current view from the 13th Tee with the 16th Fairway now in view

View from the 16th Tee prior to the arrival of goats

Current view from the 16th tee.  Amazing change to this area of the golf course in which air and sun moving through have created a much more dramatic landscape!

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