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Tommy Williamsen

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PubLic golf in DC just gets better
« on: June 16, 2022, 05:21:41 PM »

It has been many years since I played there, but it is nice to see those courses getting some love.



https://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/2022/06/16/national-links-trust-renovations/
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Ben Hollerbach

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Re: PubLic golf in DC just gets better
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2022, 08:33:54 PM »
I've been excited to follow the NLT and to see what they're able to do around DC. My hope is with the success of groups like them and the Friends of Cobb Creek, other cities will find greater value in their golf courses.

Paul Carey

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Re: PubLic golf in DC just gets better
« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2022, 08:39:19 AM »
A a long time former DC area resident the work of the NLT is great to watch from afar.  I have been a financial supporter and I hope some of you will do so as well.  Here is their website that has good get for sale and an easy way to donate to help the cause.  https://www.nationallinkstrust.org


I think there's a lot of this going on around the country that does not get much notice in the GCA community.  After leaving the DC area I moved to Charleston and the "Muni" was completely redone courtesy of a push to fund the renovation privately.    I now live in Fort Worth Texas which renovated the downtown downtown muni Rockwood a few years ago.  Its some great work and it has exposed many to some classical architecture.  Dallas redid Stevens Park years ago and is a great municipal course now.  Arlington redid their course with the help of the Texas Rangers which reopened a couple years ago.  Colligan Golf and Trey Kemp did those three.  Fort Worth recently announced Meadowbrook will go under the knife with some fairly major work in the next year or so.  It is a great piece of property and I am looking forward to the redo.


Obviously Houston redid their muni to have a tour event but still operates as the muni 51 weeks a year.


I am encouraged by these projects and the models can be quite different.  NLT will be privately funded as was much of Charleston's work.  Texas has been everything from solely the government seeing the value of good municipal golf to public/private partnerships.  I am sure there are other examples around the country of this good work.




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