In defense of Hiawatha Golf Course: This isn't just a rich man's game


Thousands of kids learn to play golf at Hiawatha. Replacing it with a food forest would end up killing some of the most popular youth programs in Minneapolis. Timo Newton-Syms

Reader Michael Hinton responds to A plan to turn Hiawatha Golf Course into Minneapolis' first food forest:

Hiawatha is also home to over 250 kids weekly in its junior league (there has been a waiting list every year) and 700-plus kids to its junior golf program every year. It is an ideal place for the golf course and the people already in the community who adore it.

This is not just a rich white man's game, as the press and certain interest groups would make it out to be. It's a blue collar place that serves its purpose to provide an affordable round of golf and lots of free practice space.

It is a 6500-yard walk in the park and has been a home for kids for generatins. It's heaven on earth to thousands and thousands of people around the area and in our golf community.

No one is even talking about the repercussions of taking programs away from kids, especially ones that are so popular and consistent. Over the past 20 years, Hiawatha has exposed over 20,000 kids to the game of golf, many of whom continue to support city golf and Hiawatha. 


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