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I have been watching Ken Burns' film series on the history of the National Parks, which has been re-airing this past week on PBS here in the USA. This discussion reminds me that it's ironic or perhaps symbolic that John Muir, a Scotsman in American, was so influential in getting Yosemite protected as one of the first national parks.
Niall,I want to respect the process. When do they ever say no when that economic gain is in play?Cheers,Kris
There is a golf course in Yosemite at Wawona.
Quote from: Dave McCollum on May 03, 2016, 11:00:04 AMThere is a golf course in Yosemite at Wawona.I stand corrected. Although, I prefer that golf courses and other developments stay out of national parks, national forests, etc. Obviously, not everyone agrees with me on this, and that's fine. But I still stand by my statement that there are certain places that should remain raw, natural spaces.The national parks in this country also were intended as a place for the general public to enjoy nature. So if a golf course is built in these places, it ought to be easily accessible by all. There are other places for high-end destination courses. National parks are not those places, in my opinion.
"There is nowhere else in the UK that has as many extraordinary links golf courses as closely situated as East Sutherland."Discuss Niall
Jon & Niall -In the U.S. we would call a statement like that "Chamber of Commerce hyperbole."DT
On the...well the not Coul Links course would only take up a third of that Embo property. It floods in a fair few places. A sizeable portion of it is that dune slack scenario, which probably would need a good bit of it to stay as a coastal buffer. Then there is the SSSI. So until you really have all the constraint requirements nailed down, it's difficult to know what is actually even viable. That proximity disturbance doesn't just go away because you only use a third of the property. It's complicated...that is why you stay away from it and let it function beautifully....as it has for a very long time.While it's easy to just joke about, or brush aside concerns for that Scottish Wildcat; it's fate is in serious question. I find it rather shocking that so little has /is being done in Scotland to do some comprehensve research and determine how best to stabilize/restore the population. It basically is the equivalent of the Bald Eagle in significance to Scotland. In some ways it transcends that comparison. It's found no where else on earth and it's current range is tiny in totality.There is a great opportunity here for the club ( it is the subject of the logo after all) AND Mr. Keiser to forge a way to draw attention to helping the MOST threatened member of that Highland area community ...the Scottish Wildcat. Why not actually take the lead on something that both golfers, and non- golfers would appreciate and support? When does golf do that. Almost never. And that's why so many out there look at golf as the sport of the uncaring elite and somewhat selfish.What if both his project(wherever it would be built besides that Embo site) AND the club agreed to donate a couple of quid per round, to a fund established to aid respected Scottish Wildcat research and preservation efforts?Now THAT would a story to tell. The press coverage that storyline angle could generate would be off the charts.It would blow away any Top 50 whatever squalk that only a miniscule fraction of the world cares about.Think about that. GOLF stepping up to do it's share, to save one of the planet's most endangered species. In Scotland, the real home of golf where it all began. It gets no better than that.That story, with Keiser's new Wildcat Lnks on a responsible site, and a RD club, with the very species on it's logo, teaming up to make a difference.That story would leave a not Coul Links in the dust. No matter how high it was ranked!And who's to say something of equal stature couldn't be crafted at a more responsible site. With the talent of that team, it most certainly could.Yeh, really nailing it in the way I've described is just a stupid pipe dream from some pie in the sky caddie from America. It's too big an idea for most to grasp... that we can actually do the right thing. I should just shut up and wait for the good people of the Highlands to implode their own superb way of life, with outside influence, chasing all that economic gain, that ends up exterminating the very symbol of their unique region.I'm done. And sadly, so is the Dornoch I fell in love with...barring divine intervention.No cheers,Kris