Letters to the Editor

Letter: Return Jones back nine to the wild

I have been playing golf in Cedar Rapids since 1966. I would sneak out of Jefferson High School with some of my fellow teachers — even the principal — and hustle over to Jones for nine.

The trees were small sprouts, gophers were huge and number 8 green was a death trap full of mosquitoes making the putting experience risky business. To this day, I play with my friends and Pinky’s group on Tuesdays. Whenever I have the chance, I play promoter in other cities and leave people speechless when I discuss the golfing experience in Cedar Rapids, including the cost and the courses’ accommodation of all playing skills.

Unfortunately, the city politicians have sounded the alarm due to their perceived lack of play and cost of maintaining the courses. I do not pretend to understand the nuances of finance. I will have to admit I was intrigued by an editorial discussing how municipal finances are moved around and manipulated to promote a certain point of view, such as closing courses, turning the whole operation over to private enterprise (a Branstad favorite), or blaming Mother Nature.

I am thrilled that Jones has remained open. Most golfers know that the “powers to be” are waiting for Prairie Creek to do its number on the back nine at Jones once more. The sane thing to do would be to let the back nine return to the wild when the next flood arrives. Throwing the baby out with the bathwater? We will see.

Jack Pilling

Cedar Rapids

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.

CONTINUE READING

MORE Letters to the Editor ARTICLES TO READ NEXT ...

I have known Janice Weiner, a candidate for the Iowa Senate, since she was a classmate of my daughter at West High School some years ago and I have followed her outstanding career in the foreign service for 26 years. When she reti ...

Iowa is ready for the next generation of leaders to emerge and stake their claim on our future. And in Senate District 37 that leader is Zach Wahls. Wahls learned at an early age to fight for what you believe in and advocate for ...

Give us feedback

We value your trust and work hard to provide fair, accurate coverage. If you have found an error or omission in our reporting, tell us here.

Or if you have a story idea we should look into? Tell us here.