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Heathland Golf Defined

We at Bandon Crossings want to continue our education (harping?) on how special the land is that the course is built on. There are over 13000 golf courses in the United States and perhaps 20 or 30 could be considered heathland property. What is heathland? Well let me count the points that make property heathland. 1. It is typically not directly on the ocean but shares some of the virtues and vices of being near the ocean. It is sandy and light soil that is poor in nutrients and is typically acidic. We were shocked when we checked the soil when we were first trying to grow grass and found it to be a pH of 4.2. A lot of our fertilizers have to be carefully monitored to not push the pH lower. 2. It typically grows gorse, bracken and heather. Brant is constantly trying to keep the gorse out of the playing area as it very unpleasantly defends itself well with thorns even where plants shouldn't have thorns. 3. Because the property is not right on the ocean the winds are gentler and the summer temperatures are a little warmer. This will typically lead to different grasses than typically grow on pure links land. That is why perennial rye is grown and holds up much better to cart traffic than fescue.
-- Rex Smith
87530 Dew Valley Lane, Bandon, OR 97411