Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "From The Sublime To The Ridiculous":
While I agree that Walmer (et al) is
a nut, your condescending tone towards those that golf in this post is something
that I must take offence.
Technically, the Highgate Gate course
(formally Aurora Highlands) has 18 holes. Westview is 27. St Andrews Valley,
Magna and Beacon Hall each have 18. That is only 5 courses!
We are lucky
to live in an area with so much golf to choose from. These courses employ local
people (during the summer most are students). They encourage non-locals to
travel to the area to play them. Outside of Aurora proper, there are many more
courses (King's Riding, Bloomington Downs, Emerald Hills, St Andrews East,
Diamondback, etc). It was sad to see Glenway in Newmarket close up shop but the
power of the almighty dollar made that decision.
Like it or not, this is
a big industry and in our area a big deal. The owners of these courses are not
interested in making the courses devoid of trees. Courses must change. Trees are
removed, trees are planted, things happen.
Just be lucky that there are
no owners that would like to make their course look like the stark St Andrews in
Scotland. There would be no trees.
You don't have to like the sport, but
please don't put down those that do. We are all different.
Oh My...Is that how you read it? I have always thought of golf as a sport that teaches humility, perseverance and fatalism above all else.
On Wednesday night, I referred to Sudbury and the problems they have getting trees to flourish let alone keep them in check.
I thought of tomato plants never seen growing outdoors until I traveled to England but I didn't mention that.
I have not had the privilege of playing St. Andrews which is subject to gale force winds, sweeping in off the North sea.
In the west, winds blow rivers back up into the hills. It's hard to lean into the winds and make headway. With the wind at your back, oilskin pockets fill up with rain. In a high wind, streets are littered with umbrellas blown out of the hands of the foolish or maybe visitors.
Why should anyone expect trees to get to a point of strength to survive with winds like that. Dune grass has a blade as sharp as a razor.
For a' that, it can be said St Andrews course is fairly weel
regarded. There's nae shortage of folk willing to pay a high price to hit the wee white ba' hither and thither.
I 've played a municipal course on a moor in the west where, about four in the afternoon, a thick mist rose out of the ground. At first golfers couldn't be seen to have feet and eventually only torsos from the waist up were seen floating eerily about on a pillow of dense white fog.
The road that divided the course was clear.
But my post wasn't really about golf. It was about the golf industry and its needs.
It could probably be argued, on the basis of numbers, golf is the town's main industry. If I didn't have a hunch assessment revenue isn't up there on a par with other business, I would argue that.
But there is no question of environmental benefits.
The post was about people making a conscious choice and paying a premium for a home abutting a golf course and then demanding the town pass rules and regulations to interfere with best practices of maintaining a golf course.
We wouldn't do that to any other industry.
I was going along with it as well until we had a public meeting and heard from the Association of Green-keepers along with the self-proclaimed experts that follow in tow and dutifully cant the Walmer Mantra.
The woman suggests Council should not make a decision until
the volunteers on the Environmental Advisory Committee have had an opportunity to advise.
Like the "rubes" who get elected and are accountable are less capable of exercising judgement than those who volunteer and are accountable to no-one.