Historical View From The 10th Tee

View from the 10th Tee in 1929

 

View from the 10th Tee – Prior to using the goats in September 2010

 

Current View from the 10th Tee - December 2011

 

The goats did an amazing job during their first visit to the 10th canyon.  This particular area was the largest and steepest of any canyons that the goats hit and also grew back with the most material during the spring of 2011.  Having the goats come back for a second round in 2011 made an even greater difference in the way the 10th canyon appears.  Nearly all non-native material was consumed and the current view from the 10th tee changes the depth perception and makes the carry over the canyon seem even further on this difficult par-4.

They’re Baaaaack !!

Hard to believe that it was over a year ago that a herd of goats arrived at Pasatiempo.  Their goal was to restore the rugged look among the canyons traversing throughout the golf course.  Throughout the past year, we had an extended rain period that saw more rain fall in June than in January.  This allowed substantial regrowth in the 10th tee canyon along with the 18th canyon.  Beginning on October 25th, this 5-acre area will be hit again with half the crew we used last year – about 75 goats and the timeframe will consist of about two weeks.  The other barancas that the goats wandered through last year did not experience such strong regrowth and we will evaluate following the rainy season if they will need to be brought back again during the fall of 2012.

View from the 10th Tee prior to the Goats in September 2010
View from the 10th Tee following 2-weeks of having the goats eradicate the non-native species

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!

Way to Goat!

As our maintenance crew aerified fairways, tees, and approaches over the past two weeks, our other “crew” has been diligently working on restoring the rugged look to the canyon below the 10th tee.  Although pictures document the work being done, it is hard to describe just how much overgrowth the goats cleared out in less than two weeks.  Amazing!

View from the 10th Tee on Friday – October – 8th
View from the 10th Tee on Thursday – October – 21st


View from the front of the 10th fairway looking back toward the tee

The Brush is Greener on the Other Side of the Fence

The goats were excited to work in the 18th canyon and the difference it has made is stunning.  Now the real work begins as the remaining canyon sites are loaded with years of lush green overgrowth.  We have been pushing these guys to eat as much as possible on 18, but they knew was was lurking on the other side of the fence and so to the 10th they go…

Very excited herd of goats ready to tackle the 10th Tee canyon