THE MAYOR AND THE GOLF COURSES

     I'm a golfer and I fully understand the frustration with the Lansing municipal golf courses.  They apparently cost the taxpayers about $500,000 each year to maintain and something has to give-- after all, residents are currently complaining because their streets aren't always plowed after a storm and who can argue with those frustrations?

     Solutions?  I'd keep Groesbeck, the old 18-hole layout and merchandise it heavily.  Keep the price to play as low as possible.  It's a good course and people enjoy it.  It needs some marketing strategy.  If that doesn't work perhaps it can be sold to a private investor and continue as a destination for area players.  The other two nine hole layouts don't seem worthy of saving.  Few play them anymore and even if they are gone there are enough other modestly priced privately owned public courses in the area that can be used.  It's a win-win too because then those courses would get more play and all the area proprietors need more play.  Red Cedar and Waverly simply can't make it on their own and why should taxpayers support the whims of a few?

     Mike Hollern of Holt seems like a heckuva kid.  He's the quarterback who signed a scholarship to play at Air Force next season.  He says he loves his country and that's why the Academy appealed to him.  Hollern quietly led the Rams to a 20-3 record over the two seasons that he was a starter.  I've never met a Holt football player I didn't like.  It's a credit to the parents of these players and to head coach Mike Smith that they are all polite off the field and extremely competitive on it.  I wonder how Smith would fare if he was the head coach at Eastern High School where losing has been a way of life the past nine years?  He's enough of a good coach that I'll bet he could win at any school and his players would reflect his own personality.

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