The word on the street is that due to environmental concerns from groups, and neighbors not wanting dg too close to their homes, that the previously hoped for 18 hole course may be reduced to a nine hole course.
There has been some talk about using this as an opportunity to set a standard for environmentally friendly course design, although my take on that is, that the Japanese have already done it. And they require 150 class plastic to really put the cherry on the sundae of an environmentally sound course.
I also strongly agree with another of the board member's opinion that all the baskets from DMACC (2004 Worlds) should be kept together for use on an 18 hole course that we can all enjoy.
If people that have attachment to the land in Greenwood Park are opposed, they will never go away, and if a nine hole course goes in, I see problems like those that Southwoods faces. The "players" that give a crap about keeping the course beautiful and trash free won't be playing there that often just based on the single fact that it's only nine holes. Then, we have a trashed course, due to those that will be playing it, and then we will face even more opposition from those that take pride and have a sense of ownership to that park---the neighbors.
Man, Greenwood would've been a sweet course, shares my last name,
seriously, though, it has some really nice terrain, woods, elevation, everything for a great course, and it's nice and centrally located in the Des Moines area. I think that there needs to be some active club involvement and opinions need to be voiced at upcoming meetings, as to where we should head with this project. There are very few that are participating in DSM club meetings and therefore making the decisions about it--within the club right now, and they have much time and energy expended into this project, making it a somewhat sensitive issue. I understand that. Let's get more involved, myself included, and help the club make a good decision here, everybody.
There is more on this topic on the old forum on the DSM site, but who knows when it will crash, and I do believe that the plan is to eventually shut it down.
Post your thoughts on this topic, please.