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What if we allocate golf courses to something else?

Lalissa Singson

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At any golf course

The vast land of greens among golf courses have secured a lot of business deals that helped industries grow. But what if the acres of land will be used for the social and environmental good?

What if golf courses will be donated to prosper agriculture, make it a bed to grow crops, rice, fruits, vegetables, or even trees?

What if golf courses will be the ground to grow chickens, cows, or goats? Or maybe a man-made pond to breed fish?

What if golf courses will be converted into a land of new beginnings for informal settlers and people alike? That it may be a place where we can teach them on how start a livelihood, to grow a community of enterprise so they do not have to beg, to rob, or to be desperate anymore?

What if the rich and the prominent will see golf beyond leisure and business partnership bond? What if they will realize one day that all the money that goes to their equipment and their mulligans can be allocated ....

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  • Belinda Colley

    It is so sad to see all the golf course when you are flying. :( What a waste of water and a strain on the environment due to all the "icides" most of them use to get their beautifully manicured grass.

  • spaulsen9

    I've heard of this discussion before, but it always makes me think, "why are people so against golf courses?" I understand that they do require a lot of water and land to operate. But, what about strip malls, and stadiums with enormous parking lots, or huge track housing developments that are half empty? At least golf courses aren't completely covered in concrete and asphalt. While I do understand the argument, and I'm not trying discount any of the suggestions, it seems to me that golf courses are less intrusive that many other places that could be considered not environmentally friendly, or not contributing to the greater good. Maybe they are just more visible and the fact that you have to pay to be on them is why people focus on them as being 'bad'? Or, they seem like a waste of space, if you don't golf of course. It just seems like there are bigger fights to fight than huge private parks where people pay to hit a ball.

  • Phil McQuillan

    Golf courses are usually located on private land. If the enterprise fails then the owners can be approached about putting the land to some other use..every location has its own pros and cons, weather and soil conditions very and usually a lot of land is quite expensive to purchase and may not be economically feasible to lease either.

    The original premise is good. That idea of re-using land is fine but there are lots of hurdles to overcome. I guess the suggestion would be to work with local authorities to identify ill used and abandoned golf courses and then go through proper contacts.

  • SRP 123

    As a golfer, I think this is off base. As one who lives near Detroit, the courses I play on do not necessarily cater to the rich and famous. In fact the City tried to develop a course they owned and the citizens came out of the woodwork to protest (and won). We have plenty of vacant land and underused infrastructure to use for gardens and farms and not enough recreational opportunities. And gardening while folks are spraying golf balls all over the course would be dangerous.

    • Lalissa Singson

      There are some parts of the world where golf can only be accessed by people who earn as executives.

      Of course, gardening in the golf course is pretty dangerous. Perhaps there could be a good way of scheduling activities. There are some courses that already started their golf course sustainability project, and it's great!

  • Lindsay Patross

    So the reuse of golf courses is already happening in Western Pa. Here is an article about the decline of country clubs around Pittsburgh - http://www.pittsburghmagazine.com/Pittsburgh-Magazine/May-2013/The-Country-Club-Crash/

    It is kind of sad that this space will most likely be used for new housing. I think we can have a more thoughtful conversation about how golf courses could be used. I would rather have a gold course that save the open space than development.

    I am curious to hear of ways to create golf courses that also serve other purposes. Are there ways to create greener golf courses? Could the areas around the fairways and greens be used to grow food.

    Are there any examples of multi-purpose golf courses?

  • Larry Githens

    Sounds like a great idea to me. I live in Southern California, and often I see only a few golfers out on the links. While I don't have a specific solution in mind, I see it as a way to improve the environment: better land use, less water use, etc.

    • Lalissa Singson

      I hope if ever someone will implement this idea, there will be an alternative for golf as a sport. Or perhaps have a "shared land" during downtime of the golfers.

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I love this idea. I've always wanted to take down golf courses for good! What would you do? I think having gardens on the sides of the course would be great. Or, civic hackathons/play events.

    • Lalissa Singson

      That would be cool. Or perhaps dedicate some of the land to some worthwhile activity that focus on livelihood.

      • Alessandra Rizzotti

        Of course, ideally we'd have parks instead of golf courses- but if you think about it, golf offers a sense of livelihood to some people- so- while courses use land in maybe inopportune ways, there is an opportunity to please both golfers and the communities around the courses by using the land for both golf and something else.

        • Lalissa Singson

          I agree on this. It will be like a "shared land" for the sport and the community.