NEWS | April 30, 2021

Feedback Fridays

By Brig. Gen. Caroline M. Miller 502d Air Base Wing Commander

Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum that aims to connect the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander’s calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week.

If you have a question or concern, please send an email to jbsapublicaffairs@gmail.com using the subject line “Feedback Fridays.” Questions will be further researched and published as information becomes available.

Q.   I wanted to comment on the Disc Golf article from November. Is there a reason that we have to pay green and cart fees to play in the scramble in February? No disc golfer I know would ever use cart-walking as part of the sport! Also, why is the game played on JBSA-Fort Sam Houston when there was a course on JBSA-Lackland?

I played the JBSA-Lackland Kelly Annex course the last time I was stationed in San Antonio (2007-08), and was disappointed when the course remained on the Professional Disc Golf Association Course Directory map, but not the active listing. Today, three or four posts rot away along the run routes, and one pin stands alone by the Lackland Outdoor Adventure Center.

In this time where we need to maintain distances and are encouraging outdoor activities, I feel that it would be great to bring the pins back out of storage, update the hole paths and invigorate the players to have another course on the south side of the city.

A. We appreciate your interest in disc golf at JBSA! The February event was hosted by the Fort Sam Houston Golf Course, where greens and cart fees are required for course play by all users. The fees for this event also included nine holes of traditional golf for the more than 30 players who participated.

Unfortunately, the course at the JBSA-Kelly Annex is not sustainable due to maintenance levels in the area. Flooding in the area over the years has caused the loss of baskets and damage to the course. The event at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston offered an opportunity to re-introduce disc golf to the JBSA community and gauge the level of interest.

Fortunately, the course at JBSA-Lackland’s Gateway Hills is now open and ready for play! This course utilizes portions of the existing golf course allowing play at a minimal charge. The greens fee is $5 and there is a $5 cart fee if you choose to ride.

These fees are consistent with other pay-to-play disc golf courses in the San Antonio area and support the investment and maintenance of course equipment for this recreational outlet. We hope to see you out there!

Q. I have been working at JBSA-Lackland since 2018. The grass in front of our building has never been healthy, but now after years of neglect, it is just patches of grass with mostly dirt. I have no idea what the policies are for watering and feeding the grass, but I have not seen our grass being watered – ever – and there is an existing sprinkler system in place.

Also, when the Civil Engineer staff mows the grass, they make it so short that it basically is killing the little grass we have. Could you please explain what the policies are and what our site/building managers can do about this?

A. Thank you for expressing concern with the grass at your facility.  Lawn irrigation systems were removed from the JBSA grounds maintenance contract and deactivated in 2013 due to budget constraints under sequestration. 

 Additionally, after several years of drought in South Texas and subsequent water restrictions, it was decided that the systems would remain off.    

The current grass that surrounds building 1052 is within our grounds contract standards but we have asked the contractor to raise the mowing deck to the highest allowable standard to allow for more grass growth. 

To further improve the area appearance your facility manager can submit a U-Fix-It work request to procure sod and can use a movable sprinkler to spur grass growth.