Golf Carp: Fish Move Into A Local Course

By: Lauren Zakalik Email
By: Lauren Zakalik Email

At Lansing's Sycamore Golf Course, it turns out fishing rods are more useful than golf clubs.

The puddles and flooding all over the greens have become home to a booming population of spawning carp. And neighbors-- well, they can't believe their eyes.

"We saw the water just glittering and we came down to investigate and we discovered all these fish everywhere and jumping out of the water," says neighbor Buffy Clements.

"We saw hundreds and hundreds of carp out there, it's crazy," echoes her husband, Todd Hurford.

Neighbors say the flooding is nothing unusual. But the carp? That's a fish of a different color. This is the first time they've witnessed such an event. The fish have somehow swam their way from the Red Cedar River to the now-defunct course.

"We love it, we love it," says Clements. " We come down and watch them. The kids are dying to get in there and help them when the fish get stuck in the weeds."

For now, the neighbors are enjoying their new fishy friends. But they do have some concerns about what will happen to the fish when the weather gets warmer.

"We're very worried they're going to die and start smelling and animals in the area will drag them up," Clements says.

"We don't like the thought of fish dying on the golf course anymore than anyone else," says Lansing golf course manager Don Ballard. He says the city is ready to take action.

"We've gotten permission from the DNR to handle them, put them in containers and remove them if it gets to that point."

For now, no one seems to mind the aquatic addition to the neighborhood. In fact, the neighborhood kids can't say enough about the fish.

It seems they've traded in their golf carts for golf carp.


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  • by Old Timer on May 6, 2007 at 06:18 AM
    The carp at Sycamore Golf Course is a yearly event. It was great fun, when I moved to Sunnyside Ave. in 1963. The fish come and go every spring in huge numbers. Also, in the winter, it was the biggest natural ice skating rink around.
  • by chris Location: Lincoln Ave on May 5, 2007 at 12:24 PM
    Those carp have been for years, we used catch them and use them for fertilizer. Thats old news. What the news is who spent all that money and screwed up that golf course. Someone should be held accountible. How much did it cost. Hello.
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