Needless to say I was very angry when I heard the news of Kittyhawk being closed permanently last week. Then certain people kind of hit a sensitive button for me. Let's call it my money button.
Anytime I feel I'm getting done over, my reaction is over-the-top rage. As it turns out, some of that may have been unwarranted. I communicated with the City yesterday and was told that refund proposals were in the process of being mailed out. Not sure what the proposals will be, but it sounds like it will be something anyhow.
You see, Kittyhawk wasn't just some raggedy courses that I had a pass for. It was my golf community. A place where I knew the people, was a member of an Association that had regular events and knew I could get on at least one of the three courses anytime I showed up. For a loner like me it was a sense of connection. Now it's all gone.
The point of this blog is going to be about where do I go from here both in the short term sense of the remainder of the year and future years.
Obviously the amount of a refund that I end up getting will greatly effect what options I have. Normally, speaking I allocate $400 for additional greens fees beyond what my pass covers and this year I pulled together $1,000 more for equipment and lessons. Part of the equipment budget has to go to shoes if I'm going to play at all. The pair I've been wearing are about to fall of my feet. I'd also been planning on getting a driver to replace the relic (a 1990s Taylormade Burner) that I've had in the bag.
Maximizing the value of that money plus any refund I obtain is the objective.
Some ideas ...
1) Purchase a similar pass for Miami Shores for the remainder of the year and play there as much as I can.
2) Belay the driver and spend the money playing a variety of courses throughout the area. This could sort of provide me with a chance to consider other possible home courses for future years although it is hard to see anyone beating Miami Shores on location and price point.
3) Content myself to play very little actual golf and get a range pass. I could probably save some money doing this.
4) Actually retain the City of Dayton pass and play Community. (Someone is going to have to really convince me I can get enough rounds down there)
5) Bag golf altogether and find a new hobby. (God only knows what that would be.)
I'm sure there are some things and combinations, I'm not really considering yet, but it is time to move forward.