LETTER: Golf course is not a public dog park

I am a member of Eaglecrest Golf Course and I have a message for walkers and dog walkers. A golf course is not a park or dog park. At every entrance to the course there is a sign which stipulates that the course is for paying members and green-fee members only, and that you are breaking the law by trespassing. Despite this, dog owners and walkers walk right by and trespass anyway.

When there is frost on the golf course, walking on the greens and fairways kills the grass. This is why we, as golfers, stay off the course until the frost has lifted. The walkers do not seem to care or know this and walk all over the course like it is a park. One day I witnessed someone throwing a ball for their dog on the frozen green.

Many times we will be teeing off, only to see someone strolling down the pathway on their morning walk. I can’t help but wonder what hue and cry would arise if I took my golf clubs to the dog park or beach and started hitting balls. It is only a matter of time before someone gets hit by a golf ball; use some sense.

If you look in the garbage cans on the course, which are provided for golfers, they are full to the top with dog dung bags and our grounds crew, who work hard enough to maintain the course, have to deal with hundreds of theses bags.

Show some respect for your neighbours and your own safety, and stay off the course. It is not a park, it is not a dog park. It is a private golf course and if you are not a paying customer you are trespassing.

John D’Aigle


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