The Portage Golf Club urges you to keep off-road vehicles off the trail
The Portage Golf Club reminds residents that the course trails are not for off-road vehicles. The club posted on its Facebook page on Sunday, indicating that ATVs or snowmobiles were using the course trails and appeared to have damaged parts of the green at holes three and five. Portage Golf Club Superintendent Farrol Asham explains why this is bad for the course.
“The golf course is not a place where you want to see recreational vehicles just because of the damage they are doing to the turf,” says Asham. “It’s not good for what we get in the spring. Hopefully there won’t be any damage to the turf, but we won’t know until spring.”
Asham says these trails on the golf course are designed for cross-country skiing because they are in partnership with the Junk Yard Dogs and the trails they used to avoid tees and greens. He says he has had to deal with this in the past.
“I’ve been in the industry for almost 30 years, I’ve seen it. When I was in the north, the traffic on Skidoo was very bad. One of the greens was completely destroyed, there was no longer a piece of grass on it, ”says Asham. “You don’t grow the greens overnight. So basically the green hasn’t been full all summer because someone was driving their Skidoo.”
He adds that this has also happened before, to a lesser extent, in Portage, but notes that it’s still something you can’t get over in a year. Asham says there are a ton of other places people can have fun on their all-terrain vehicles in the area.
“We’re a rural community, so there are a lot of groomed trails and there are the dunes south of town,” Asham continues. “There are many tracts of land that they can use the all-terrain vehicles on, we are equally very polite that they avoid the golf course. In recent years, dealing with Mother Nature has made the culture of turf tough enough. Then any man-made damage would be quite daunting. “