It’s been 3 glorious weeks of utter sheep destruction on Perkerson’s kudzu, privet and thorns. See below for new photos. The most striking thing is how much stuff — trash, branches, artifacts, bodies?, etc is sitting on the ground but usually invisible. Sheep were pulled out today, and 9 will be going back to long position (sorry two guys who told me 9 long was evil today !).
We are grooming the course during the next 10 days to get ready for the Iron Leaf Classic tourney on Sunday Oct 6th. By we, I mean three people. Please help if you can, we need it. Have tools, and tasks to be done, just click to “Contact Us” button to shoot us an email and offer to help.
Photos from today:
On left side of trail along tree between 13 & 14 — beware
It’s a smaller herd than last year, but they’ve been hungry and have destroyed the kudzu on hole 17. These photos are after about a week in this spot:
Watch out for the guard dog, we hear he likes discs:
The sheep have arrived! The herd looks smaller this year than last year, but they have already put a dent into the kudzu on hole 17, and left us some presents on the short teepad. Watch out for the hazard – Fish had a disc go into the edge of the pen today, and the dog promptly retrieved it and took it to the center. They should be at the park for a couple of weeks.
Update: All of the phase 1 teepads have been complete, except for final grading and seeding around the disturbed areas. The teepads are all playable and are absolutely awesome. All of the holes have now been cleared except for #12 – 14.
Here is #10-Long, freshly cut today.
And 10 Short:
There is an upcoming tournament, the first event on the new course — the 2013 Iron Leaf Classic PDGA B-Tier on 10/6/2013. Info & signup here (space is limited, so don’t wait): http://www.discgolfscene.com/tournaments/Iron_Leaf_Classic_2013
The herd is arriving two weeks ahead of schedule — look for them setting up by mid-week. Last year there were about 200 sheep (mostly) & goats, with two sheperd dogs. The sheep will be enclosed in an electric fence and will rotate throughout the park through the most overgrown areas. If you throw into the enclosure, we will make arrangements with the sheperd for a pre-determined stash location. Or you can chance it … but the dogs are trained to guard the sheep, and may bite.
The impact on the vegetation is dramatic, and this will quickly improve the condition of the course. The sheep will eat everything green on the ground and up to about 4′ off the ground. While it completely strips the privet and other invasives of leaves, it does not kill them. The plants will be very prone and easy to remove after the sheep, so we need to make a concerted effort to remove privet from the course area this fall.
All of the teepads have cured and are playable. All but one of the phase 1 teepads has (#16-L, a redo) have been completed, and that one will be finished next week.
We’ve been putting in some time trimming back the undergrowth and spraying herbicide, and the course is far more playable than it was a week ago. We’ve cleared holes 4, 5 (today, pics below), 7, 8 (finished today) and 9. 10 and 12-13 are still a bit rough.
Here are some photos of the progress made today. Hole 5 is still very rough, especially if you throw a bad shot and come up short.
Hole 5 Long (before)
Hole 5 Long (After)
Hole 5 Long (Another View)
Hole 5 Short:
Hole 8 Long (Cleared today):
Hole 8 Short:
15 additional teepads were poured today, and they look amazing. We haven’t confirmed yet with the rubber company, but it looks like all but one of the Phase 1 teepads has been completed (16-Long). Next up is finishing the site work around the teepads to ensure proper drainage and soil retention. The tee areas will be graded and seeded. Please try not to step on the seed while playing the course until the grass takes (to the extent you can).
We will post on here as soon as we have confirmation that the new holes are playable. In the meantime, keep off the rubber teepads that were just poured.