Letter: Save golf courses one at a time

Gary Thompson

Before there is a knee jerk reaction with the city golf courses, why don’t we try to save them one at a time and start with Twin Pines?

It has its original club house from July 4, 1962, that smells like it has dead mice in every wall and also is a mechanical nightmare. Expand the golf shop, add a sports bar/restaurant where people from the neighborhood would stop by, get a sponsor for the building to help with the cost and allow them to put their name on it, such as Trans America. I’ll bet they are into golf and it is in their backyard.

Twin Pines was the first course of it size in the country to have lights; bring them back. The reason they were taken down was because of the cost of electricity, now with LED lights, that would not be an issue and the lighting would be better. Also, the concern of light pollution for residents across the street would not be an issue with LED because they focus straight down.

Get input from the people who work there who have been fielding the complaints for years as they have watched the numbers of people playing drop off. Get input from people who don’t play there and ask why they don’t and what they would like to see. Ask private course managers for ideas, but remember the funding streams are different. What works for them might not work for the city, but I’m sure they would be willing to help because it seems golfers like to play a variety of courses so it may benefit them too.

Communication is cheap. It should not require a hired consultant when there are people willing to give you some of the answers you need for free.

Gary Thompson

Cedar Rapids

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