To the editor:

The Utah Golf Association is disappointed at the sudden decision to abandon the proposed golf course at Dimple Dell Park.Thousands of hours of broad-based community input had advanced the project to the final planning stages. The County Parks and Recreation Department had sought input from the Utah Golf Association, along with many other groups, and we were very pleased with the overall concept and our involvement.

The decision to build a golf course at Dimple Dell Park was not arrived at lightly nor was it based on political considerations. The approved proposal was a compromise of many varied interests and would have served the public well.

We are disappointed that the two newly elected commissioners announced a reversal of the decision without so much as a consultation with the many people who had voluntarily spent hundreds of hours of community service in evaluating and advising on the project, and without even talking with its own parks and recreation department officials.

The proposed golf course at Dimple Dell had the potential of becoming the finest public golf course in Utah, and if done right, one of the finest in the nation.

The golfing interests took a thoughtful and cooperative approach to the issue and were willing to compromise in the interest of all. Another self-interest group resorted to threats and political intimidation, distortions and obstructionism. We are disappointed that the negative tactics prevailed.

We commend the previous commissioners and the County Parks and Recreation Department on the constructive, positive and fair approach they took to the Dimple Dell Park. They recognized the needs and desires of the citizens in the southeast section of the county to have a nearby, quality public golf course, and they made a conscientious effort to make it a reality.

There still remains a huge void in public golf in the southeast section of the county.

Keith M. Hansen

President, Board of Directors

Utah Golf Association