A week after two deer had to be shot when they were found impaled on the temporary fence, the Dublin, Ohio club released a flyer revealing plans to install cross bars over the finials. The final portions of the fence are being installed this week and crews plan to install the cross bars the week of September 9.
The Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio is making changes to a fence in response to outrage surrounding two recent deer incidents, the Columbus (Ohio)-based WBNS-10TV reported.
Last week, C&RB reported that two deer had to be shot when they were found hanging on the controversial fence after impaling themselves (“Deer Impale Themselves on Muirfield Village GC Fence”).
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 changed slightly, WBNS-10TV reported.
“Obviously, it could have been done months ago, but they are doing it now, so that is good,” Bickley said.
On August 26, the golf club announced through a flyer that it plans to install cross bars over the finials. The following day, crews were installing the final portions of the fence, with the cross bars scheduled to be installed the week of September 9, WBNS-10TV reported.
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, WBNS-10TV reported.
“They said yesterday it will go up in March,” Bickley said. “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.
“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, then say we’ll talk with city council. It’s a slippery slope,” Bickley 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, WBNS-10TV reported.
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