Charlie LeDuff golfs 18 miles through Detroit in poignant video

It may be Charlie LeDuff’s whackiest idea yet. And maybe his best.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer-turned-TV-sensation golfed 18 miles – from 8 Mile Road to Belle Isle, teeing off on cracked streets, abandoned factories and overgrown fields. During the trek, shown on a nearly 11-minute video aired on Fox 2, LeDuff meets struggling Detroiters trying to raise families in dangerous, poor neighborhoods.

It took LeDuff 2,525 strokes to reach the golf course on Belle Isle. Par, he said, was 31,68. Not bad.

“We’re dealing with something very different – Charlie LeDuff, reporter, warrior,” a Fox News broadcaster said.

While the idea may sound funny or even silly, it is anything but. LeDuff showed his sincerity and compassion as he talked with Detroiters who have been all but forgotten.

“I’m thinking back to what I saw behind me – a city, its people holding on, waiting for a savior, a savior who may not be coming,” LeDuff said in the video. “I wonder if the people know the savior might be found within themselves, their neighborhoods, their families. The old saying is true, ‘No man is an island.'”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.