I spoke with Gary the week of IL State, ran into him at Highland while he was painting the Tee Markers. He said that he had been in talks with the New Lenox Park District about moving some holes and making Haines smaller, per the PD request. They (Gary and PD) agreed to make it a 12 hole course. Something about kids hitting each other going back and forth in the woods, not enough room for others to use the park, etc etc.
Anyways, he said after they agreed to trim it down to 12 holes and after that is when the baskets were taken. I mentioned to him that maybe if the PD would have done a better job communicating with the people/ players in the park (A sign or something) maybe they would not have gotten stolen. My thought was that a bunch of kids thought, "hell if they are going to take it down lets get ourselves a basket"... I am not condoning what happened, just saying I can see where some casuals may have been a little "protective" and then turned to stealing.
I hope the baskets are turned in... hope hope wish wish... maybe if the thief or thieves realizes the PD isn't taking the whole course down they will have a change of mind..
until then only 9 holes at Haines is this weeks rumor
just a thought..