Groundskeepers sink teeth into projects

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Francis trains for his new job.
SOMERS POINT – The newest members of the grounds crew at Greate Bay Country Club were born for the job.

"I brought three goats on staff to keep down the underbrush at Greate Bay as an alternative to using herbicides," said Ken Thompson, golf course superintendent.

The newest members of Greate Bay's family - affectionately known as Irene, Francis and Mary - are 3-month-old Boer goats. “The breed is hardy in all types of climates and environments, and these goats in particular are docile animals who quickly adapt to people in their surroundings,” Thompson said. "Some chemicals can be harmful to trees and plants, as well as the wildlife that lives on the golf course. In certain circumstances, I believe the goats are a good alternative to those chemicals."

Robert Damiani, general manager, said the goats are a welcome addition to Greate Bay.

“Exploring natural ways of managing areas of the golf course makes good ecological sense,” he said.

Thompson said that the goats will spend evenings at his farm in Tuckahoe and that he will transport them daily to Greate Bay to ensure their safety.

Thompson requests that everyone avoid giving treats to the animals, or climbing into the fenced area with the goats.

For information about Greate Bay see www.greatebay.com.


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