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Rugs improve Cape Dorset greens

Jeanne Gagnon
Northern News Services
Published Monday, September 19, 2011

No lawnmower is needed to take care of Cape Dorset's golfing greens - but carpet shampoo might help.

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Jutai Jr. Toonoo, left, Daniel Manning, Sam Joanasie and Ricky Jaw take a breather at Cape Dorset's single golf hole this summer. Toonoo and Manning say carpets placed around the hole have improved their games. - photo courtesy of Grant Stovel

A number of fluffy floor coverings placed around the single golf hole earlier this summer in Cape Dorset seems to be helping the players' game - at the least the two Nunavut News/North spoke with.

Jutai Jr. Toonoo said he, along with friends, fixed the one hole near the water point, by placing one big piece of carpet and two or three different pieces around it. Somebody came up with the idea, he added, and they all pitched in to get the carpets and place them around the hole.

"We couldn't find any other material so some of the guys brought up carpets. When they brought carpets, we also helped fix up the green," he said. "It's a lot better than the soiled grass."

Toonoo, 18, started playing golf after purchasing golf clubs. He said the carpets seem to be successful, as more people have been coming out to play since the youths placed them down.

"It's like a green but it's harder, and when you hit the ball, it goes a lot faster than an original green," he said. "We've learned a lot over the past year. As we keep playing, it gets easier to putt."

Fellow 18-year-old player Daniel Manning said the carpets have improved his game. Before the fluffy floor coverings were placed, players had to putt closer to the hole.

"It's better than nothing. It's a lot better. It's more fun. The best thing is having to putt from a long distance," said Manning, who has been playing golf for two years.

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