I guess it is time for me to stop doing this
I gotta bite my tongue on this one because as a fisherman and a golfer I can see the argument from both sides. I'll add the following points for consideration:
1. The article BARELY mentioned it, but balls are routinely retrieved from the waters below 12. Not sure if Arcadia does it anymore, but I know for a fact that locals do. Is every ball retrieved? Obviously not, but I think the article could have covered this aspect a little better.
2. Not every ball hit into the water on 12 is intentional. (Source: Personal experience )
Referring to golf balls being deposited into an infinitesimally small portion of Lake Michigan as "plastics pollution" doesn't say much for the sense of perspective of the FreeP writer and the "environmental activists" they quote. What a stupid article.
Fish structure, just like chunk rock.
They should send the Civil War Gold guys there, they might actually find something of value on the lake floor.
Stood on 12 a few weeks ago and was tempted to hit a shot in the lake. Took a pass. I need to save my drives for the course.
I've hit a ball into the lake every time I've I played it. It's really hard to resist. I'm going next month and will try to refrain but I make no promises!
I've seen many people hit drives into the lake there, it's going to happen whether Arcadia "encourages" it or not. I haven't played there in 5-10 years but I never once saw that description or read/heard any encouragement to do this. This is just the media trying to create a story against a somewhat disliked entity in Arcadia Bluffs, a course that was heavily opposed to when it was built. Environmentalists have hated this course from the very beginning, this is just playing into that.
I guess this is what "hard hitting investigative reporting" looks like when you are a dying newspaper with limited resources. Even with a joint operating agreement, these idiots can't find a way to put a paper on your porch.
Golfweek picked this up . . .
I always thought that AB's encouragement of hitting balls into Lake Michigan was idiotic. The mindless participation of this "ritual" is idiotic as well. Neither one is the end of the world, though.
Definitely a "tradition" on the trips I have taken up there.
Well I was there this week and they have installed a wooden fence and placed a sign asking people to refrain from hitting balls into the lake.