Letter to the editor: Saddened by golf course closure

I am so sad to think that Pinewood will close. This is an area that is used by so many of our residents. It is not only the seniors and the youth that use this wonderful golf course, but everyone that wants to enjoy a quick game of golf.

I loved seeing young adults pulling their golf clubs on the way to Pinewood. What a great use of their time. When golf lessons were going on, it was great to see so many of our children (including my grandchildren), using this course.

Elk River has invested money to buy and do upkeep on this “golf park,” and I think it was money well invested. Don’t we want a community that thrives on providing outdoor space for our residents to get outside for some exercise and enjoyment?

We have wonderful cross-country ski trails and walking paths – and that is great. I don’t cross-country ski, but I appreciate that we have a place for those that do. It provides a place for our youth to train. I feel the same way about Pinewood. It encourages our children to try the sport, to improve their game and to get some exercise. It gives seniors a great place to golf. Elk River has great baseball fields, and not everyone plays ball.

I am embarrassed that Elk River can back out of a contract when they decided they didn’t want to pay the balloon payment. What does that say about our community? How about being up front on what is really the reason that some individuals want to close this “jewel” golf course. If they close this course, it will have been a colossal mistake and a mistake that will affect our residents. — Peg and Lee Davies, Elk River