The Muirfield Village Golf Club is making changes to a fence in response to outrage surrounding two recent deer incidents.
Muirfield Village resident Mike Bickley has never hidden his dislike of the iron fence that now surrounds most of the Muirfield golf course, but after hearing of the course's plans to cover the spikes along the top of the fence, his attitude towards the fence changed slightly.
“Obviously, it could have been done months ago, but they are doing it now, so that is good,” Bickley said.
Monday, the golf club announced through a flier that it plans to install cross bars over the finials.
According to the flier, the bars are in response to two recent incidents in which deer had to be killed after not clearing the fence.
Tuesday, crews were installing the final portions of the fence.
According to golf club officials, the fence is temporary and will come down after October's President's Cup then go back up ahead of the Memorial Tournament in the spring.
Bickley said that isn’t temporary.
“They said yesterday it will go up in March. Well, the tournament is in June so if it goes up in March and then comes down in July or August, that's not temporary. That is some kind of long-term seasonal fence.”
Bickley also said he doesn’t believe the fence will be temporary for long.
“We have tremendous belief that at some point, they will put it up, (then say we) can't take it down this year. (They will) leave it up a little longer; (say) we'll talk with city council. It's a slippery slope,” he said.
The golf club has also removed sections of the fence near each hole to allow the deer to move more freely.
Officials say those sections will be replaced before the President's Cup.
The cross bars will be installed beginning the week of Sept. 9.
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