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the dirt the course is built on, “which is of very poor quality and barely supports growth of grass.” told the council it was kicking the old municipal golf course off its property on March 1. So the council bravely announced that the new course would, by gum, open the first of March. The clubhouse, after all, was ready. And nine holes of the course were sort of ready. Of course, no one was too sure that they could support the strain of being played on. But maybe by the time they’d been played into miserable condition, the other nine holes would be ready and golfers could just switch back and forth. Alas, it turned out that though the clubhouse was indeed ready on March 1, someone had forgotten to order furniture for it and there were no doors on the johns. So on Feb. 27, the Galveston city council decided to indefinitely postpone the opening of the new Galveston golf course. M.I. March 26, 1976 19 ALAN POGUE Photographer of political events & pseudo events, of people in their natural surroundings Rag office 478-0452 / 478-8387 Austin HALF PRICE RECORDS MAG.Az IN E HIGH STRENGTH Dragon 45′ $9.00 Cub 25′ $7.00 Super Dragon 75′ $25.00 GRO ,,,,, OOKS MYLAR 503B West 17thAustin kill two birds with one stone. So they told the Corps to spread the remains from the bayou dredging on the new golf course. Several hundred thousand tons of gunk were spread over what was to have been nine holes. City officials piled into a dune buggy and drove out to inspect the effects of the new fill on the course. The dune buggy sank. The city had to pay $324,186 to have the silt removed. Well, the city decided to scratch the nine lighted holes for night playing, but that didn’t much simplify things. The new site was bisected by an extension of 99th Street, which was supposed to be eliminated to make way for the golf course. The people who lived at the north end of the road objected to that; the road remained and Poor Mr. Plumbley had to redesign, relocate, and rebuild the practice tee, the practice fairway, two practice putting greens and the number one tee. When new, non-silt fill was brought in for the greens, it was dumped on top of an old dump. When the new fill was scooped off the old dump, so was lot of the old junk in the old dump which got all mixed in with the new fill and produced your broken glass, shells, etc., in the greens. Then in 1975 came an interesting hiatus during which no one at all took care of the fragile young golf course. Poor Mr. Plumbley said the contractor was responsible for cleaning the greens and making the grass grow. The contractor, as spoken for by Gerald Sullivan of Sullivan Enterprises of Galveston, said his company had built the course according to Plumbley’s specifications, used the greens material Plumbley specified, and that the city was responsible for watering the grass after the company got it planted. The city was supposed to take over the maintenance of the course, but the council decided not to do so until after the council accepted the course. But the city didn’t accept the course because there was all this junk in the greens and the fairways were a mess, and so forth. The city finally hired Larry Gallia as groundskeeper and Gallia said, “On a scale of A to E, I’d give them [Sullivan] an E for effort.” When asked what he would do about the condition of the course if he had his druthers, Gallia replied, “I’d bulldoze it and start over.” The council. marched out to inspect the completed course and found it “a sea of sandburrs and cockleburr plants, with sandy fairways, brown greens, pitted and rutted oyster shells and bits of broken glass and metal.” Councilmen Doug McLeod, Joe Termini, and Norwood Ruiz all pronounced the course unacceptable. Councilman John Unbehagen judiciously reserved his opinion. After a year or so of care by Gallia, the golf course started to look more like a golf course. The council did pay an outside consulting engineer to make a report on the course, but he just said lots of tacky things about it. He said the biggest problem is FIRST THINGS FIRST. 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