DEN­VER’S HOME­LESS

Are gov­ern­ment ef­forts use­less?

The Denver Post - - PERSPECTIVE - Re: Colin Cal­la­han,

With all due re­spect to Thomas Ben­de­low, who de­signed City Park Golf Course a cen­tury ago, the course is long over­due for a re­design. I’d like to put the pol­i­tics of the Park Hill to Platt Stormwa­ter project aside to pro­vide my per­spec­tive as a neigh­bor­hood golfer and an in­struc­tor for the First Tee of Den­ver. (There is a ju­nior course on the south­west cor­ner of the prop­erty.)

The lo­ca­tion of the course is re­ally su­perb for the moun­tain and city views. How­ever, the playa­bil­ity is treach­er­ous. The first four holes run ad­ja­cent to 26th street, mak­ing a very dan­ger­ous po­ten­tial for hooked shots to ca­reen into traf­fic. There are five or six greens on the course that have such an ex­treme pitch that it cre­ates a very frus­trat­ing en­vi­ron­ment for play­ers as well as con­tribut­ing to slow play.

And fi­nally the tee box for the 200yard, par three 16th hole is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the ju­nior short course. On two dif­fer­ent oc­ca­sions I have been struck by a ball hit from the 16th tee box (no “fore” warn­ing) while I was teach­ing ju­nior play­ers. I shud­der to think what in­juries those kids would have if those shots hit one of them in­stead.

A re­con­fig­u­ra­tion to ad­dress these is­sues would go a long way to im­prov­ing the golf­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and safety for all those in­volved in this great Den­ver site.

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