Needed: 120-foot net in San Francisco
Thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle, the city’s Lincoln Park Golf Course is making news. Last week the paper highlighted the problem with the course’s 7th hole, which borders 38th Ave., 39th Ave., and Clement Street. A 2 1/2-story fence is the only thing separating the course from the neighborhood. Think broken windows. Lots of them.
Neighbors want the city to add a 120-foot-high net asap. Price: $225,800. Already $113 million in debt, the city doesn’t look at netting as a high priority. So this week the Chronicle printed several suggestions from helpful readers, including:
– Move the tee box to the right, nearer a fence along the fairway.
– Raise greens fees $2 a round to pay for a giant net to catch the balls.
– Shorten the par-4 hole into a par-3 hole.
– Forbid golfers from using a driver on No. 7.
I don’t like any of ‘em. My suggestion: Get about 12 corporate sponsors to pitch in for the net, which is absolutely necessary before someone gets seriously hurt. The positive PR alone would make it worth it for several Bay Area companies.
And if that doesn’t work, let’s find a few PGA/LPGA players that grew up playing at Lincoln Park (which opened in 1902) and ask for a little love.
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