An experience on hole #2 was infuriating, frustrating and depressing. I didn’t think it could happen — animals walking on our newly seeded greens – especially since we had enclosed each green with firmly staked snow fence. They would need to be high jumpers to get inside.
But, when I came upon the 2nd green there was a rabbit inside the fence. No sooner had I seen him than a coyote ripped through a seam in the fence and started to chase the rabbit. And they’re doing this on new sand greens where the baby bentgrass had only started to germinate the last two or three days.
Well, the chase was on and sand and grass flew into the air as they ran in circles. The coyote’s turns were similar to what you see when motorcycles lean around corners, and his feet threw grass and sand everywhere but where it was supposed to be. The whole scene was like a cartoon staring Wiley Coyote wanting to capture Rowdy Rabbit for dinner.
It made me so mad! We’d done all we could to protect the greens, and then this happened. And, what’s worse? I’m responsible for repairing damage on the greens. I have no idea how to repair this mess. It’s too late to reseed the green, and I can’t think of a way to ensure even coverage of the grass. These two have just ruined the green, and they’re still trapped inside the fence.
I was so frustrated! I took a pair of pliers up to the fence to cut the ties to open it up. I wasn’t worried about the coyote biting me because I was so mad at him I was ready to bite him first! So, like an usher, I held the fence open and waited for the rabbit and coyote to leave. It took a while before they realized they could get out.
Before I closed the fence I observed the damage they’d done and felt sick. I had no idea how we were going to repair the damage.
Miraculously the grass recovered and we opened the golf course in pristine condition.