What's wrong with this picture?

May 16, 2010

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The problem: At the Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run golf course, the protective netting separating the course from neighboring yards is tattered and torn in places.

Stephen Owings of Hagerstown, who wrote in about the problem, said he was walking past the golf course when he noticed the netting "just blowing in the wind" along the right fairway of the second hole, where the course borders nearby homes.

Who could fix it: Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Department

What they say: Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Superintendent Junior Mason said a row of cypress trees was planted along that edge of the course about eight years ago to protect the neighboring homes from golf balls.


"(The net) is unattractive, it is torn, but the idea is to remove it once the trees get to where they're big enough to protect everybody," Mason said.

He said the trees were planted as an alternative to replacing the net because they were considered more attractive than netting. He said he had not heard any complaints from the neighboring residents.

--Compiled by Heather Keels

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