Are Community Golf Courses being Targeted?

Thanks to Josh Sens at Golf on January 17th this year, we see an article that pointed out the pending assault on muni-golf courses as a waste of space. The assault starts with the introduction of a bill in the California state legislature (i.e. AB672) which intends to replace municipal golf courses with housing. See attached link for the full story from Golf’s staff.

California Golf Course Legislation

As a former government official wonder how this justification can be offset with the demand by government to assure that there is a significant amount of greenspace provided for the health and recreation of the community. In most cases the courses were established in the area of the city which was not suited for any other activity far from the then established developed areas. With the growth of the cities and the continued development more areas are needed for more people (i.e. a larger taxable base) and therefore the uses which some don’t like are at risk.

Locally in the Schertz, TX, area (my hometown) there is a private venture which is falling to the base concept of this proposed legislation. Here a course which I understand was one of the top ten destinations. The owner has walked away from the course and left it to fester as a community eyesore and a detriment to the homeowners who originally bought property here for the benefit of the course.

Therefore, I agree with the San Francisco Golf Alliance that each of the many municipal golf courses around this nation need to be protected and the various communities need to understand the there are people who support your non-golfing endeavors such as swimming pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, etc. in your local communities.

It is my hope that everyone who enjoys the game of golf to watch the actions of the local government which sometimes work against the efforts of the constituents to protect which was their choice of activity. It is also incumbent for these neighbors to also help with directing legislation which is more beneficial to all those in the community.

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