2009-06-05 / Letters

Pitch And Putt Fiasco

Dear Editor,

FYI - The following letter was sent to Dennis Reidenbach, North East Regional Director of the National Parks Service:

I am writing to voice my extreme displeasure over an incident that happened on Thursday, May 21, 2009 at Riis Park Pitch and Putt located at Beach 169 Street in Jacob Riis Park in Queens, NY.

To provide some background, a group of almost 60 ladies from the community have been playing for a number of years on Thursday evenings in an unofficial league format at the Pitch & Putt facility. This year we were informed that the facility had instituted a $65 per person league fee. Due to the economic situation, the majority of the ladies felt that at this point in time, it would be inappropriate to require everyone to pay a fee in order to participate. Adecision was made that we would continue to play as a group, but we would not pay the requested league fee. (Subsequently, the question was raised whether a Gateway facility can legally charge league fees.)

On Thursday, May 21, a group of approximately 30 ladies went to Riis Park to enjoy a casual game of golf. We were met by Michael Camoso. (I'm not sure of what his role is at the facility, but he was clearly the person in charge.) Michael was very disrespectful and downright rude. Apparently, he was upset that the ladies ignored the facility's request to pay a league fee. Although the ladies paid the required greens fee to play the full 18 holes, Michael refused to turn the lights on, which forced many of the groups to abort their game long before they finished 18 holes. Michael told the ladies that the lights for the golf course would not be turned on until July. Michael's offensive behavior and obnoxious attitude was totally unwarranted. Michael's conduct is totally unacceptable and should be evaluated before other individuals are subjected to such obvious mismanagement of a facility.

We are hopeful that some remedial action can be taken so that other groups can enjoy their golf outings at the Riis Park Pitch & Putt facility.

PAT BARRY

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