Golfers stifled by city's greens
May 21, 2009
I would like to publicly congratulate the coaches and golfers at Clovis High School. Every year they do an outstanding job; year after year the golf teams qualify for the state tournament.
Obviously the players and coaches put in countless hours at a sport that has become more popular and is very competitive. I would be interested to know how the coaches help their players with hitting out of sand traps, or hitting from uphill, downhill or side-hill lies when our municipal course has none of these challenges.
I doubt there are athletes in Clovis that have greater disadvantages — because of mediocre facilities — than golfers.
The high school golfers in Clovis have the poorest golf facilities of any Class 5A school in the state. Our municipal golf course does not come close to providing the necessary challenges the Clovis teams will see at the state golf tournament.
Our municipal course is not any longer than an average ladies golf course; it has no water hazards, sand traps and nothing but level lies in the fairways. Putting on the greens at the Clovis Muni is about as challenging as putting on a large living room carpet.
It is unfortunate the state high school golf tournament will never again be held in Clovis. Golf in Clovis is dying and the main reason is the 80-year-old golf course needs a big-time facelift.