"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Here's Something

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Who Said Stupid ?":

So far as I know a golf course is a commercial enterprise, whether public or private.

A golf course is a multi-million dollar capital project. Apart from the course itself, most have significant club houses. These are often used to host public or private functions, dinners, weddings, etc.

Can you find out and tell your readers what the several golf courses located in Aurora pay to the town in property taxes. It would be appreciated if you could provide this information by individual golf course and at the same time indicate which are public and which private.

The major cost component in the operation of a golf course is the maintenance of the grass, especially the grass at the individual holes, the greens. This must have the texture of a fine carpet. It is generally here, putting, that a golf course offers potentially its greatest challenges to golfers.

Grass grows in sun. It does not do well in shade. Most golf courses have an abundance of trees. These add to the course challenge and are a complement to the scenic nature and attraction.

A new golf course will involve the planting of thousands of trees to supplement those already on site. As these trees grow in height and breadth they start to cast shadows over the grassy areas. There comes a time when some trees must be removed so as not to impede the growth and health of the grasses. Usually when this is done replacement trees are planted, primarily in areas where despite their ultimate mature size they are unlikely to impact the grassy areas, especially the putting greens.

When a new golf course is planned I do not know if detailed plans must be submitted to municipal or regional authorities, indicating existing and proposed tree locations. Can these authorities reject or request amendment of such tree planting?

Apart from paying substantial property tax to municipalities, golf course provide recreation for thousands of people, local residents and their guests. What would a municipality have to invest in capital and operating cost to replicate this recreation?

Men, women and children are avid golfers.

What is noteworthy is that at the Augusta National golf club for this year's Masters tournament recently concluded, women continue to be banned. It happens that one of the three major major sponsors of the tournament, IBM, a company known and recognized around the world, has recently named a woman as its CEO, Virginia Rometty. In their ignorant wisdom, the management of Augusta National decided to continue the ban on women. Ms. Rometty slunk through for a couple of hours on the last day of play.

To their credit, both President Obama and Republican presidential challenger Romney have called for an end to this archaic practice.

What is the ability of women to play golf throughout Scotland's many, and famous courses? Has enlightenment made its way to the home of the game?

As for Ms. Walmer, she continues to keep becoming an even greater pain in the ass than she was when she managed the former mayor's election campaign to inglorious defeat. Possibly the town could set aside ten acres of rolling land and have her plant trees there for the next ten years. Walmer's Wood.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

why did you ignore a post that tries to "right" the inaccuracies of the post about Augusta National? There is already too much mis-information around this topic.