A follow up to a story we brought you nearly a year ago:
Keeping Roanoke County's Ballyhack Golf Course in top shape is a challenge because of its size and landscape.
Last October we told you about the groundskeeper's secret weapon to maintain the course: four goats. We went to check out how the goats were doing, but we found a few more.
"I've never seen goats on a golf course before," one Ballyhack visitor said, "I haven't either," added another.
It's the reaction most golfers have the first time they play Ballyhack: "Whoa! Goats!"
At first there were four, they eat, and there's plenty for them to eat with the rough so thick.
"I'd like to know how they digest balls as many as we lost today," one golfer said.
It's important to remember, the goats don't see a golf course, they see a salad bar. Sometimes Bobbitt sets up these temporary pens around a particular area he wants the goats to trim down.
"We're trying to get rid of weeds there's several ways you can do it. Mechanically, culturally and this is biologically with the goats," said Groundskeeper Billy Bobbit.
Bobbit and managers at Ballyhack decided the four ladies needed some help.
So they got 10 more goats, one male and nine kids.
Like minions, the new goats follow Bobbit wherever he goes.
He's even earned a nickname from club members, The Goat Whisperer.
Getting the new goats acclimated is a growing process.
Now through the winter, Bobbit has to get the new goats settled.
That means keeping the young ones separate from the experienced veterans.
"The other goats are a little larger and they would dominate getting the grain, so we keep them separated right now," Bobbit said.
Bobbit added he pretty much views these 14 goats as his children and caring for them is something he loves doing.