The Brownfield Golf Course Trend

The trend toward locating 'blue collar' golf courses on former brownfields or landfills is picking up.
November 20, 2003, 1pm PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Only the clear flame burning from a 20-foot smokestack in the middle of the course, and methane well covers that warn against smoking, give golfers a hint that they are standing atop mounds of garbage... Mounds, that is, that were capped, covered with 2 feet of soil, threaded with drainage and gas collection systems, topped with grasses, and interspersed with 18 flagsticks, fairways and greens... About 70 of the nation's nearly 16,000 golf courses utilize old landfills, strip mines or industrial 'brownfields,' a concept that began 40 years ago and is picking up steam despite higher development costs, experts said."

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Published on Monday, November 17, 2003 in CBS News
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