My latest Score Golf column — on the plight of urban courses following the court battle over Islington G & CC — is now online.
Here’s a taste:
It will be a massive eyesore. In fact, no one at Islington Golf and Country Club is trying to convince themselves that a net 250 feet long and 80 feet high, mounted by six massive poles, can ever be deemed anything other than ugly. Club President John Wright doesnt have any delusions about the result.
The netting will be unpopular, and fundamentally has no place on a golf course. But, for now, the massive ball barrier is Wrights only hope to cease the crazy litigiousness that has surrounded the golf club for years.
It is the last thing we wanted to do, says Wright, slightly despondent, but also resolute the club had little choice in the matter.
The net will be up soon, the latest salvo in an eight year court battle that has already cost Islington around $500,000, according to Wright. Hes dismayed that it has come to this, but feels that with more legal fighting with neighbours likely, Islington was backed into a corner.
What else could we do? he asks.
The full column is here.