I have been playing golf regularly at our Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe for 10 years and have never seen such bad conditions.
In the past two years, things had improved dramatically under the expert guidance of Patrick Brockwell, the recently retired golf course director. Now all hard-won advances are disappearing at an alarming rate.
We recently played on a muddy, smelly golf course with uncut fairways, leaking valves on cart paths, damaged greens, and neglected, weed-covered sand traps.
We, the patrons of the course, had hoped for a qualified superintendent to continue the former superintendent’s progress, but unfortunately they hired a gentleman without the necessary experience to take over this complex and demanding golf course. We have already experienced the lack of experience in the new management, as the meticulously manicured greens immediately began to deteriorate. Almost half of No. 11 is dead and No. 12 is on the way. The rest of the green is planed, scalped and has a creeping weed infestation.
I play other courses in the area and they have maintained excellent conditions with the help of this year’s monsoons. The tough job market has impacted other degree programs as well, but they managed to meet the challenge and get the job done. This can no longer be Marty Sanchez’s management excuse for a declining golf course.
We, the citizens of Santa Fe, paid for the construction and maintenance of this facility. This is our home course. We pay fees to play every time and we don’t get what we paid for. The city of Santa Fe deserves better; Marty Sanchez Links de Santa Fe deserves better. Get some competent managers and employees now.
Suzanne Chavez is a Santa Fe resident.