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Letter to the editor: Shut out of golf

July 12, 2017

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To the editor:

Last weekend my friends and I played golf at Eagle Bend. I was shocked that 18 holes with a cart cost $49. Fees over the years have gone up dramatically higher than inflation. These increases will undoubtedly continue given that the City Commission no longer approves rate increases.

Eagle Bend was sold to the public, initially by local seniors, as affordable golf. It should be affordable because, unlike private courses, it was built on free land and pays no property taxes. The fact that the course consistently loses money is caused by the inherent inefficiency of government. To offset this inefficiency the government does what it always does: passes the cost on to the taxpayers.

We can expect the fees to dramatically increase not only because the bureaucrats now have sole authority to raise rates, but also due to Alvamar going all private, thereby eliminating local competition. A monopoly run by government bureaucrats is the taxpayers’ worst nightmare.

Currently the men’s senior golf, played every Monday morning, has been canceled numerous times due to Eagle Bend scheduling golf tournaments. In essence, the people who initially pushed for a public golf course back in the 1990s are being shut out.

Comments

Bob Summers 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Once the government takes over "single payer" healthcare, it will be as "affordable" as government golf.

"Please, folks! Think about it. Count the blessings". Eileen

David Holroyd 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Mr. White, did the Parks and Rec department ever get that fancy building built so fancy hot dogs and food could be served?

The problem with the operation at Eagle Bend, is that the staff is paid too much and the weather competes with players. It is not Scottsdale or Sun City, but those rates at Sun city are comparable.

Maybe Eagle Bend could have PAID mini putt putt golf course. It would not compete with a private one because there is none. And if someone wanted to build one, by the time they got through the Planning Commisson and neighbors complaining about traffic the entrepreneur would give up..just as did the roller skate rink guy I talked with once who wanted to put a roller rink in Lawrence. He didn't even follow through when told how many wheelchair spaces he needed in front.

what more to say. Eagle Bend is trying to be a TroomnDevelopment instead of realizing it is a Loon Development

Does Mr. Eglinski have an audit on it? Would the Mayor dare to ask for one and get the support of Amyx, Boley, Herbert, and Larsen before Mr. Markus gets rid of the auditor..?

David Holroyd 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Mr. White, get the geezers out and have a sit in. Take up space in the parking lot, take up space in the eating area. devour the food so they run out...and have a couple of cars with flats on the road outside to slow down traffic.

Demonstrate! Golfers Matter

Louis Kannen 4 months, 2 weeks ago

JayHackers unite...take a couple of swings for the spill-way chain-link fences...

Bob Forer 4 months, 1 week ago

Funny how the writer claims that government is "inherently inefficient" with absolutely no proof.

David Holroyd 4 months, 1 week ago

Bob, that is your job to show what is "inherently inefficient". After all you are the attorney and the man with words. Words rule.

Words Matter, whether lower case or big case but BOLD is the thing!

Bob, have you met Deborah and Dorothy? i believe Deborah lives near an old acquaintance of yours . She probably will want that person to move since the house does not have a family in it. Bob, don't be a hater! Help Mr. White out and send the proof to him or guide him along. After all , Lawrence is a caring and sharing community..Share your expertise with Ed!

The Ed and Bob column.

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 4 months, 1 week ago

I would think that the charge is still cheaper than privately run golf courses. I always thought that golf was the rich man's pasture pool.

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