To the editor:
It was a beautiful fall Saturday in September, so I decided to bike from my house across the street from Oak Hills Park to the Silver Spring Golf course in New York. I wanted to see how many golfers were using its driving range. My thought was that might give me a handle on whether the multi-million dollar driving range the Oak Hills Park Authority wants to construct in Oak Hills would be likely to make money.
Here is the picture:
Oh well, I thought, New York is not Connecticut. So today, starting out from Oak Hills Park, I rode to the Longshore Golf Course in Westport to check out their driving range. And lo and behold it was a bit busier…
… but not with paying customers. However, on the way back home, I stopped by the Shorehaven Golf Club in Norwalk and discovered…
… two golfers making good use of its driving range.
Of course, none of the driving ranges pictured above are the size of Stamford’s Sterling Farms driving range. And it is the Sterling Farms driving range that serves as the Oak Hills Authority’s model for what a real driving range should look like.
So maybe, just maybe, if the Authority can convince Norwalk’s Common Council to loan it $4 million of taxpayers’ money to build a double-decker state-of-the art, super-duper, 36-bay driving range with large, ugly nets in Oak Hills Park, half of those Stamford businessmen who now pay to hit balls at Sterling Farms and the two fellows above will pay to hit a bucket of balls in Oak Hills Park.
Then, if Canada Geese win the lottery and learn to play golf, maybe, just maybe, the proposed super-duper driving range in Oak Hills Park would stand a chance of helping the Authority to solve its financial problems.
But note: The geese would probably want the Authority to take down the nets.