Goats On Golf Courses? Not A Baaad Idea

Tired of being asked to come and help clear out the weeds, or lantana, or poison ivy at your golf course?

Well, we might just have the perfect answer for you – goats.

Goat On Golf Courses Goats On Golf Courses? Not A Baaad Idea

No, I’m not talking about the old guy off a 26 handicap that wins five monthly medals each year. I’m talking about the hollow-horned ‘billy’ variety.

Amazingly goats are being used on a number of US courses to clear out things like poison ivy and blackberry bushes from some courses.

And the idea of “importing” the goats just for that purpose is working like a charm. Once they have done their job, they are sent back to the owner.

It seems poison ivy is very high on the list of the goats’ favourite food.

The goats are put in certain areas, usually fenced in, they clean the area, and there’s no removal required….they’ve eaten it all. All they leave behind is some good fertiliser.

Several US golf course superintendents said they could not find any “down-side” to getting the goats in to clean out certain areas.

Apparently they don’t even bother to touch the grass, they only want the leafy plants and they ensure a lot of herbicides and products are not required.

Evidently superintendents pay about $10 per goat per day, or $40 a day for the herd, and by the end of the year the bill is usually between $7,000 and $8,000.

And if your course is anything like Lahinch on Ireland’s west coast, the goats are perfect weather barometers as well.

Locals there claim that if the goats of Lahinch are seen hovering around the clubhouse then the weather prospects for a game on the links were not good.

But once the goats made their way out to the outer regions of the sand hills, then weather prospects were good and the day was sure to be fine.

Sounds like goats should be mandatory in Melbourne then.

Not so sure about Sydney though, we have enough old goats floating around there as it is.