Letter to the editor: Pinewood attracted them to Elk River

One of the first things that attracted me to Elk River was the beautiful little par 3 golf course called Pinewood. The fairways and large greens were so well taken care of and the schedule of events, instruction and opportunities for leagues for all ages was impressive. I have golfed many golf courses in my life and continue to do so.

In the past few years since I moved to Elk River, I have been bragging to my fellow golfers about Pinewood and its small, efficient staff. Now I am a bit concerned why the city has decided to close the course at the very start of the golf season.

As I understand it, the city entered a legal contract to purchase the course from Paul Krause. It seems to me a legal contract requires both sides to fulfill their promises and not suddenly decide not to do so. Pinewood was purchased by the city for the benefit of its citizens. It is not a money-making proposition. Fees, rentals, etc. are substantial but may not be enough to break even at the end of the season and should be looked at in the same way as the other city benefits such as parks, arenas, ball fields and the like.

I hope the city government will take another look at the situation in this light and reconsider this giving up a wonderful gift to the people of Elk River. — Al Reesnes, Elk River

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