Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Eisenhower's golf experience is excellent-- with your assistance
This past week I played three rounds at Eisenhower Park; two at the Red Course and one at the White. Both courses looked and played beautifully. Tee boxes, fairways and greens were trimmed perfectly, sand traps were filled and raked, and the pace of play... well that's another story for another time. The bottom line is that over the past few years, with the help of the Senior PGA Tour, Nassau County has done one heck of a job turning these courses into a first-class facility for Long Island golfers.
However, as I walked off the 18th green on Saturday afternoon and reviewed my week of golf, I had one recurring memory that isn't sitting well with me: The greens at Eisenhower are packed of unrepaired ball marks. Seemingly every green I went to had a cluster of 10-15 unrepaired marks on it, left to bake in the sun and turn future putts into bumpy rolls. This problem cannot be resolved by anyone at Eisenhower other than us us, the golfers who play these courses and too often don't repair the grass after our shots.
For those of you who remember, it wasn't long ago that Eisenhower's courses were not taken care of and managed the way they are now. Therefore, this is my plead to all of you golfers out there who may occasionally forget to repair your ball marks: Please make it a conscious thing to repair divots and ball marks. Have a repair tool in your pocket at the start of your round, and search out your ball mark plus one other on every green. With your help, the 70 or so public courses on Long Island can stay the great golf experiences they are.