Originally Posted by Meltdwhiskey
I'd have to agree with those that are saying this is a parenting issue and not a muni/private issue. I never had kids, so the last parenting of a child experience I had was when I was a child - in the 70s/80s. I know times have changed and I know some would say that since I am not a parent - that I have no room to talk. But I see plenty of the described behavior off of the golf course.
I've had occasions where my friends' kid(s) were abusing some of my stuff and the parent(s) just let it go totally. Or if they do say something, they say it very lightly and the child continues to do it as if nothing was said at all. Maybe I don't have room to talk, but I don't at all see how it is cool to let kids tear stuff up weather it is a golf green or my new skis. I don't understand why they don't say something. Anyone have feedback on this? As a non-parent it fascinates me.
Speaking only for myself, the only time my child gets out of line in public or damages other peoples stuff is when I don't see it happen. Kids are quick . .one minute they're playing happily and the next they are tearing stuff up. I have some "friends" who do like you say . .say something lightly but don't physically intervene or otherwise make sure the behaviour stops. They say they don't want to "break his spirit". I call them "the stupid hippies" when it's just me and my wife, lol . .and I hate going anywhere with them in public.
I figure it's my job to correct destructive or rude behavior or else my daughter will grow up thinking that's ok . .and that will lead to a whole variety of problems for her. I'm not too worried about breaking her spirit . .she seems to have a fairly unlimited supply. And besides, it's not like I'm mean about it or anything . .I just make it stop .. now.
The ones that definitely see the behaviour and just ignore it are bad parents and most likely the kind of people who do these same things themselves. There's no arguing or reasoning with them . .I'd leave it for the course management. Most people aren't like that, though . .just like people who don't repair ball marks or drive on the fringe . .it's the noticable few who stand out.
I've never seen somebody .. kid or otherwise . . poking holes in a practice green and I play at some pretty low-end places. I see, for example, shirtless dudes putting with beers in thier hands and people who look like they just got off work at the carnival . .but everybody is pretty decent with how they treat the course and practice areas. I would say, hopefully, that the OP just ran into a pretty isolated incident - not indicative of "muni" behavior.