Golf Courses

Golf course with palm trees and mountains in background in Palm Springs, California

Despite Water Crisis, Desert Golf Courses Thrive

Officials in the Coachella Valley seem reluctant to restrict water supplies to the many golf courses and ornamental lakes that dot the region, opting instead to cut water deliveries to a groundwater recharge facility.

January 30, 2023 - Los Angeles Times

The fairway of a golf course is visible amidst the rolling hills of Griffith Park above Los Angeles.

Proposed Bill Would Ease Conversion of Public Golf Courses to Housing in California

The California State Legislature will again consider a bill that would remove protections for municipal golf courses in the state, making it easier to rezone public golf properties for housing.

January 12, 2022 - California Globe

An aerial view of the Toronto Hunt Club and golf course, located along Lake Ontario amid residential homes in Toronto.

Toronto Searching for a Future for its Public Golf Courses

Amid calls to convert the city's golf courses to other uses, Toronto, Ontario city staff are trying to figure out a middle ground between competing interests.

January 9, 2022 - Toronto Star

View of golf course at The Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada

New Las Vegas Golf Courses Barred From Using Colorado River Water

A new rule from the Las Vegas Valley Water District prohibits new golf courses in the city from using Colorado River water for irrigation.

November 15, 2021 - Las Vegas Review-Journal

Denver Golf Course

Denver Voters Will Weigh Open Space Development

Two competing initiatives seek to change city regulations for residential and commercial development on the city's parklands and open spaces.

June 22, 2021 - Denver Post

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Las Vegas Golf Course With a History of Development Controversy Cleared for Houses

A golf course formerly owned by "legendary sports bettor-turned-convicted insider trader" Billy Walters finally has the residential zoning that created so much controversy in the past.

October 19, 2020 - Las Vegas Review-Journal

City Park Golf Course

Development vs. Open Space at a Denver Golf Course

A developer just bought a Denver-area golf course in the hopes of some day rezoning the site for residential and commercial development. Open space advocates have other ideas, as does the city (for now).

August 10, 2019 - The Denver Post

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What Seattle Learned From Studying its Public Golf Courses

Seattle recently completed a strategic business plan for its city-owned municipal golf courses. The first recommendation of the report: "commit to golf as a recreational program offered by the City on par with other recreational offerings."

June 9, 2019 - Seattle Times

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Toronto Mayoral Candidate Suggests Repurposing City Golf Courses

Former chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat wants to transform three failing golf courses into free public spaces.

October 9, 2018 - The Toronto Star

Editorial Raises Concern About Access to Planned Golf Course Near Obama Library

It doesn't get anymore high profile than the names behind planned projects in Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago. The question is whether a new Tiger Woods-designed golf course will be accessible to residents.

September 3, 2017 - Chicago Tribune

Denver Golf Course

Denver Stormwater Plan Ruffles Feathers

The Platte to Park Hill project would install new stormwater detention facilities at a golf course near Downtown Denver. Opponents to the project say it’s a burden on the neighborhood and a benefit to development interests farther down the watershed.

May 19, 2016 - The Denver Post

Golf's Physical Footprint Shrinking Quickly in Michigan

The real estate boom that brought about a boom in golf course construction is a thing of the past. Now golf courses are closing around the country as the sport recedes from its peak popularity.

April 14, 2016 - Detroit Free Press

New Jersey Golf Course Gives Way to Sprawl

Once upon a time, golf courses were a popular component of development plans. Much more common now: single-family detached housing on the former site of a golf course.

October 5, 2015 - The Record

Golf Course Plans for 280 Acres of State Park Land Abandoned in Oregon

A controversial and unprecedented deal that would have privatized 280 acres of state-owned Bandon State Natural Area have fizzled out thanks to new requirements from the Bureau of Land Management.

October 1, 2015 - The Oregonian

Oregon Moves Forward With 'Unprecedented' Plans for Coastal Golf Course

Inside the deal that could open a huge swatch of highly protected Oregon coastal land to a developer with plans for a golf course.

May 25, 2015 - The Oregonian

Houston's Municipal Golf Courses Struggling to Make Ends Meet

Many cities around the country are facing the question about whether they should subsidize city-owned golf courses as the game's popularity declines. Supporters of "munis" say they provide an affordable location for outdoor recreation.

July 1, 2014 - Houston Chronicle

Brownfields to Green Golf Courses in Michigan

A former industrial corridor in Benton Harbor, Michigan is being transformed into a resort community complete with golf course.

December 20, 2011 - The New York Times

Reusing Golf Courses and Abandoned Land in Venezuela

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is urging for golf courses to be expropriated for other uses, and calling on citizens to make use of abandoned land.

November 3, 2010 - Bloomberg

Learning Water Conservation on the Golf Course

As water resources dwindle, golf course managers are becoming go-to experts on conservation.

August 7, 2009 - The New York Times

Undergound Eyes Watch Water Use at Golf Courses

Underground water sensors that monitor and display moisture and soil conditions on computers are saving millions of gallons of water at golf courses.

May 22, 2009 - The New York Times

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