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Golf Dangers
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 • Posted May 13, 2009

Letter to the Editor

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Mason and Visitors, from the Board of Directors, Ft. Mason Golf Association

We need your help in two areas related to the Comanche Creek Golf Course.

1) Citizens and visitors to the area are using the golf cart trails on the course as walking paths. THIS IS AN EXTREMELY DANGEROUS PRACTICE! Golf balls can fly at speeds in excess of 150 miles per hour, and they are as hard as rocks. If a golf ball strikes a person or their pet, serious tissue damage can result. We have posted signs and have cautioned people over and over again, and yet they still continue to use the golf course as a walking path. We ask you all to quit using the golf course for this purpose before someone or their pet gets seriously injured. The course is open to play from dawn until dusk, so there is no “safe” time to use the cart paths as walking trails. Walking trails are provided in the park adjacent to the golf course and provide a much safer venue for walking.

2) Citizens and visitors to the area are using the irrigation pond on the golf course for family recreation, including fishing. The water in the pond is not potable and could very well be dangerous to the health of anyone who consumes it or the fish that they may catch in it. Additionally, it is in the middle of an active golf course, so the danger from being struck by flying golf balls is very real. We encourage people to use the park for family recreation, and the Llano River, San Saba River, or Brady Lake for fishing.

Please remind everyone that the golf course is for playing golf only, and the water in the irrigation pond is fit only for irrigation of the golf course. We have a beautiful park immediately north of the course and we urge everyone to use it.

Mike Innis

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