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September 1, 2013

Ruggiero on Golf: What you're saying about Red Nine

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I’ve broken my cardinal rule over the past two weeks. Since I began sharing my love for the game of golf with my readers some 28 seasons ago, I made a promise to myself that I would write for the mass audience in Western New York rather than concentrate on my specific area in Niagara Falls.

Recently, I bent my belief in order to address the issue of Hyde Park’s Red Nine, its history, and its current state. In some ways, this matter does involve all of my readers, from Lockport to Grand Island to Utica. In effect, many public golf courses are at impasse due to local economy and facing a similar dilemma.

I am writing this column twenty-four hours after the Wednesday publication of my part-two in the series on the Red Nine. I can say without hesitation that I have had, in that time span, 50 comments from players at Hyde Park and 17 emails. Every single golfer remark was positive.

Here’s a very brief sampling:

“Great article Ken. I think that anyone in this city that grew up golfing at Hyde Park, loved the Red Nine, as I did. How nice it would be to see manicured fairways and traps on “the good old Red Nine”. It’s almost legendary. I would encourage Mayor Dyster to take a close, serious look at its condition and find a way to fix it.” - George Edwards, NF

“Inspirational! Hope the powers that be are listening. I played my first round of golf ever on a real course at the Red Nine, probably in the early 1970s before I hit my teen years. The appreciation that I’ve developed for municipal courses in general, and my own experiences at Hyde Park in particular, grows deeper over time.” - Tom Lizardo, NF

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