Concerned for a long time

Posted: Thursday, April 10, 2003

Golf, the sport of kings and commoners alike, has apparently been around since the mid-15th century and the Scots are given credit for at least its initial development, perhaps its very discovery.

So who could possibly be against assigning precious lands for such a benign, fun and noble sport? Well, the Juneau Audubon Society for one and me, a Scotsman, for two.

George Carlin has made rather cynical and, I think, pretty funny jokes about those fully grown and intelligent folks who spend small fortunes to acquire special tools so they can whack a small hard white ball all over those precious and meticulously manicured imported grass fairways. All the while praying hard not to land in one of those devilishly laid out sand and water traps.

This then is the game. A way to idle away the hours. Then there are so many other folks who are quite content just to hike through, around and over this naturally occurring land, looking, feeling and recreating with the refreshing sanctity of nature. This is precious land and water that exists in a naturally manicured form. One that is close to a road system and basically free now of human "improvements." It is home to numerous species of wild creatures that depend on its pure and interlacing waterways for their very existence.

We are told by the project approving Juneau Assembly's Lands Committee, the CBJ Planning Committee, and by the developers, Totem Creek, that pesticides and fungicides will be used only as a last resort and then only as approved by the Department of Environmental Conservation. Totem Creek says their golf course managers will be testing the waterways for any signs of toxic pollution on a regular basis. Well look, all that the JAS wanted in the end was to ban all these chemical killers, period, but apparently that's not to be, so what do you think folks? I think you can count on it being laced, since all that manicured green must be maintained, as that's an integral part of this whole game.

Playing in the rain is a must in a rainforest environment, so I suspect we will see some very innovative golfing gear, including cannery boots, slicker suits and floating golf-carts.

An engineer said all my concern was too late, but why? I've been concerned since the early 1980s.

Alan R. Munro


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