Friday, March 22

The Sod Tale of Lafayette Municipal Golf Course

The Lafayette driving range reopened earlier this week. (City of Lafayette)




THE LAFAYETTE MUNICIPAL GOLF COURSE in Lafayette, Indiana, officially closed on March 1 due to the cost associated with flooding from the Wabash River. The golf course will be preserved as a park space, and parts of the property such as the driving range will remain open until June 1 for locals to use to practice their games.

For many golfers, the closure is certainly sad news. For others, though, it's sod news. Some are eyeing the defunct golf facility for an entirely different reason.

"We've been approached by a couple of area golf courses that are interested in purchasing the sod on our greens," parks superintendent Ted Bumbleburg told the Journal and Courier.

"It may be an opportunity to make some money."

Before any sod harvesters get too excited, the 9th, 18th and practice putting greens ARE NOT FOR SALE. Those will remain for local residents to practice their putting. (Who doesn't need to work on his or her putting stroke?)

Nonetheless, a lot of healthy bentgrass turf will be available.

"That leaves 16 greens, each with roughly 4,600 square feet of sod to be harvested," said the article. "Purchasers will be responsible for removing and transporting the sod."

The parks department plans to replace the sold sod. (Try saying "sold sod" five times fast.) They'll reseed with rye or Kentucky bluegrass.

That ends this sad and sod tale.

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