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I finally got out to the course today after watching the beautiful weather we have been having from the office window at work for the past week. After playing three rounds I truly realized how filthy and disgusting the place was, and it pissed me off. so i decided to clean up all the litter within 40 feet of my car.

I found everything from beer cans to beer cases, water bottles (empty and full), paper leaflets, cigarette butts. I even found a McDonald's bag still with food in it.

We TRUE lovers of this fine sport to make a pledge to start picking up and excess garbage, waste, or litter we find and also not litter ourselves! Its becoming disgusting and something needs to be done about it!

What are your thoughts?

Cheers!
Tony

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I agree. I feel setting the example is the best approach. I've been thinking of making a stick with a nail on it. I carry a large bag that I love and I'm tired of putting others nasty trash in it:(
my bag also has a 1x2.5 pocket that I put a lil container for ciggarette butts.
We don't have that problem here with the many courses we have in the Greater Cincinnati area. The parks and the people who use the parks do a good job at keeping trash cleared. Most holes here have a trash can at the tee.
I have to say it's no fault of the parks. They usually provide cans, some simply don't see the need to use em:(
my home course is pretty clean, but there are the people that pretty much come out there just to party and trash the course :(. i can understand coming out there and drinking or whatever you do, just do the right thing and put trash in the trash cans that the parks provide.
My course (El Dorado in Long Beach) isn't that dirty, but I agree with you. I try to remember to pick up random pieces of trash when I notice them. I've even picked up knocked-over trash cans after a night of heavy wind and rain. But recently my eco-friendly ways upset someone.

I was playing La Mirada and I noticed a couple guys using a video camera on one of the fairways. They let me play through and while I did one of them took off to get something from their car. While I was walking toward the basket I noticed an empty beer bottle, so I picked it up and walked it to the nearest trash can. As I was making my way to the next hole I heard the guy that went to his car yell, "What happened to my mark?"

Apparently he was using the beer bottle to help guide him when to stop filming a shot. I explained and everything turned out all right. He just had to remember where exactly he placed it before.

Oops.
We have a local course that is super trashed all the time, with litter and debris every where. Not to mention the Graffiti all over all the signs, benches, trees, and rocks. The course is a great course minus the deterioration of the land that the course was built on due to the high amount of people who visit this course.
I try to make it a point to clean up after myself, or anyone in our group as we play courses. We always take anything we bring with us on to the course back out.
Other courses in this area are really nice and clean. It just seems to me that Wayne County Parks Department has a hard time keeping up with the amount of waste on this course. All I can say is lead by example, and hopefully other people will follow you.
I would rate my home course an 9.5/10. It is very clean and the parks and recs do a great job. Is a nice little park with soccer fields baseball fields, basketball court and nice area inside. I rarely see trash not thrown in a trashcan.

My other course I play a lot I can not say the same about. I like the course maybe even better than my home course. I play a lot by myself, and I know I would never play by myself. There are many homeless people who wonder around. It is not around the best area. There is a fair amount a trash. It is not a ton, but I will see trash more often. 6/10.

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