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Hagerstown Greens not so green

July 18, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS
  • After a hot, dry summer, the Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run are not so green, yet the municipal golf course is charging full-price.
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The problem: After a hot, dry summer, the Hagerstown Greens at Hamilton Run are not so green, yet the municipal golf course is charging full-price, Steve Durning wrote in an e-mail.

Durning sent in photos of bare patches on the golf course.

"You can't possibly putt (your) ball on these greens," he wrote. "You can hit a beautiful shot on the green but then what?"

He said the club house failed to warn him about the condition of the greens before he paid.

Who could fix it: Hagerstown Parks and Recreation Department

What they say: Parks and Recreation Superintendent Junior Mason said the photos are of one of two greens that were vandalized last year.

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"Unfortunately the golf course, in the middle of the night, sometimes becomes a playground, with kids riding bicycles, things like that, around the golf course," he said.

Sometimes vandals dig on the greens, beat at them with golf clubs, or ride all-terrain vehicles over them, Mason said.

The vandalized greens were closed last year, but have since been resodded and are about 60 percent to 70 percent back to normal, although the dry weather has not helped, he said.

He said the rest of the greens are in pretty good shape, given the weather.

Mason said golf course officials had not considered a discount related to the bare patches.

"We're real reasonable as it is," he said.

Mason said he thought the pro shop was informing customers about the situation and said he would make sure every customer was informed in the future.

-- Compiled by Heather Keels

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