Friday, September 17, 2010

Wild Hogs Damage Sebastian Golf Course Greens

Most days IGM Golf Course Superintendent Sean Gillen would tell you that the biggest scars on his greens at Sebastian Municipal Golf Course are from unfixed ball marks. Ball marks are nothing in comparison to the damage done recently by the foraging of wild hogs.

They’ve hit us hard on the greens,” said Sean. “They rooted up about 300 square feet of turf, causing complete devastation.”

Gillen said it’s the first time in 15 years he’s seen wild pigs cause this type of damage to a golf course.“It’s an extremely uncommon occurrence. There’s always been evidence that they’re in other areas of the course, but they haven’t bothered the turf before.”

The IGM staff has put in more than 40 man-hours trying to restore the turf, placing pieces of turf back down like putting together a puzzle. Many more hours will be spent ensuring that the turf survives and is restored to the level expected on an IGM maintained property.

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