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Truly a public course

Posted: Thursday, May 31, 2001

Thank you for the editorial of Sunday, May 27, in support of the efforts by Totem Creek Inc. to develop a golf course at a site designated by the CBJ Assembly for that purpose.

As a director of Totem Creek, a nonprofit corporation, I have worked on this project for over six years. I have visited the site on numerous occasions while accompanying road builders, golf course construction contractors, biologists, foresters, environmental engineers, botanists, naturalists, our golf course architect, Bill Robinson, and a number of people simply interested in the project.

Although over level ground, it is not an easy walk, taking about 45 minutes to cover a mile and a half along a survey line that begins near the end of North Douglas Highway. The area is isolated by a screen of brush and bog, but of those who have made the hike, most return convinced that a golf course could be built there at a reasonable cost and that it will be as fine a recreational area as our community could hope for.

Aside from being on well-drained land, the site is oriented to receive maximum sunlight during the summer months, it receives less than half the rain of downtown Juneau and is at a low elevation well below the snow line.

The golf course will include substantial cart paths providing off-season recreational opportunities attractive to non-golfers such as cross country skiing, jogging and nature walks, including bird watching and wildlife viewing. This will truly be a public golf course.

Our board appreciates the many expressions of support we've received over the years. Your editorial encourages us to continue the work so long in progress.

Peter Metcalfe

Juneau



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