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Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby tncattle » Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:54 pm

Anyone have any experience converting a golf course to a cattle farm? In a nutshell it's 145 acres, mostly Bermuda grass and borders a 50 acre operating cattle farm. It's all river bottom/flood plain land. It would connect and be part of the current 50 acre operating cattle farm. Probably not enough info but it's a start.
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby ALACOWMAN » Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:22 pm

I wonder how tall that Bermuda "turf type" gets..does it grow like common Bermuda??
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby tncattle » Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:57 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:I wonder how tall that Bermuda "turf type" gets..does it grow like common Bermuda??

Good question! There is some on the driving range that is thick and about 6-8 inches high as it didn't get cut for awhile dating back to summer.
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby ALACOWMAN » Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:22 pm

Can always drill in cool season native grasses in the fall, right before the Bermuda goes dormant..
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby Farm Fence Solutions » Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:26 pm

I baled a golf course for a couple years. It was for sale, and we considered buying it for pasture. In the end, it was overpriced, but did have irrigation. I found a ball washer and two of the turf mats from the driving range in bale rings one winter.
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby Son of Butch » Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:40 pm

Never heard of a golf course being converted back into pasture or ag production.
I assume location and improvements would've made it more valuable as a developmental property.
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:02 pm

Son of Butch wrote:Never heard of a golf course being converted back into pasture or ag production.
I assume location and improvements would've made it more valuable as a developmental property.


We must be going backwards here. Three golf courses have recently went back in to production agriculture. Shortly after that one of those, became a quarry.
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby ALACOWMAN » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:10 pm

Bigfoot wrote:
Son of Butch wrote:Never heard of a golf course being converted back into pasture or ag production.
I assume location and improvements would've made it more valuable as a developmental property.


We must be going backwards here. Three golf courses have recently went back in to production agriculture. Shortly after that one of those, became a quarry.

Doe's most of the courses have a layer of sand under them?
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby Stocker Steve » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:41 pm

Son of Butch wrote:Never heard of a golf course being converted back into pasture or ag production.
I assume location and improvements would've made it more valuable as a developmental property.


Could blend a total package - - and sell CSA side vegie golf and beef memberships to home owners!
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby slick4591 » Tue Dec 26, 2017 7:42 pm

The 9-hole course that was here just closed up, did a little fencing and now there's cows on it. Probably took all of five days.
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby cowboy43 » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:08 pm

Don’t have any statics to back me up, just my personal observation, it seems like a lot of golf courses are closin, they must not be profitable any longer or the younger generation does not golf.
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby Bigfoot » Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:11 pm

ALACOWMAN wrote:
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Son of Butch wrote:Never heard of a golf course being converted back into pasture or ag production.
I assume location and improvements would've made it more valuable as a developmental property.


We must be going backwards here. Three golf courses have recently went back in to production agriculture. Shortly after that one of those, became a quarry.

Doe's most of the courses have a layer of sand under them?


I'm not a golfer, but I "think" the putting green, and where you initially hit the ball from have sand under them. I don't think the rest of the course does.
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby Jogeephus » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:01 am

if its bermuda I suspect its most likely Tiftgreen or Tiftway which would suck for grazing. You'll need lots of Roundup. :2cents:
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby ga.prime » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:06 am

Right, they don't plant grazing type grasses on golf courses. I really don't see how any golf course pays for itself. The maintenance requires lots of expensive equipment and is never ending.
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Re: Converting golf course to cattle farm

Postby tncattle » Wed Dec 27, 2017 9:12 am

The driving range is around 20 acres and didn't get cut at all since early summer. No weeds at all, just grass. I know they don't/didn't spray anything. It's not a high end course, more of a blue collar golf course that they basically cut the grass and that's it. It also has a full irrigation system throughout that is fed directly from river water. I figure the cows would probably destroy the sprinkler heads by eventually crushing them while stepping on them.
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