We’ve obviously been poking around Metro Parks lately.
And what have we discovered today?
Some fancy Marty Storch stuff from a local sports blog. Seems the assistant parks director is… well… you’ll see.
In an interview about a new first (golf) hole at Seneca, Storch claimed 12 large oak trees were moved to line the left side of the new first fairway:
“The first tee is farther from the road than it used to be. We’ve moved 12 large oak trees to line the left side of the fairway to catch road-bound shots. We plan to move more trees for more protection. And we also plan to put in a horse fence to define out-of-bounds.”
Unfortunately for Storch, no large oak tree was ever moved. And since that hole has been open? Dozens of people have been hit while walking on that path, according to Parks employees.
Seems Storch also lost his shiz a few weeks ago when we suggested he was helping his friend and golf pro Kevin Greenwell out with your taxpayer dollars. And guess what we found?
Don’t think the reconstruction at Seneca is solely facilitated by a need to make the course safer and more playable. Marty Storch said there was also “an excellent chance to increase revenue at the Park’s most played golf course every year.” That reconstruction will also include an expanded and relocated practice facility.
Seneca draws more players annually than any other Metro Parks course. However, the driving range currently faces three major problems that cut into range ball sales.
For one, the range is 400 yards from the clubhouse. Most players, despite their overblown aspirations to emulate their favorite T.V. pro, will not walk that far as part of their warm-up routine.
Secondly, the range is about as big as a U.S. Open fairway. It’s a problem for the Parks Course that hosts so many tournaments because of its central location. Currently flanked by the tenth and fourteenth holes, the range can’t accommodate more than ten players at a time.
Finally, Three-time Kentucky Section PGA Teaching Professional of the Year and Seneca Head Golf Professional Kevin Greenwell needs a practice facility on par with his nationally recognized teaching ability. Tucking Greenwell’s lessons 400 yards from the clubhouse is like displaying a billboard in the woods without an expressway in sight.
Greenwell said, “With a more inviting range, in a higher profile location, we could increase our driving range profits.” The changes to the practice facility have many local tournament coordinators excited.
What was that again, Marty, about not taking care of your friend, Kevin?
That bit about Parks reaping tons of revenue? We’ve discussed this in the past but Greenwell makes anywhere from $500 to $1,000 per week selling range balls in the summer months. Parks maybe pulls in ten percent and Greenwell pockets the rest. That driving range was built for his own personal benefit.
It’s as if Storch thinks conflict of interest – or the perception of such – is no big deal with tax dollars. Like that time he, sitting on the Kentucky Derby Festival board of directors, thought moving the million dollar hone-in-one qualifying contest from the Water Tower to Seneca wouldn’t raise eyebrows.
And people wonder why the Metro Parks whistleblower scandal is a hotter mess than it appears to be on the surface.