This discussion group is best enjoyed using Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
If true why are they building a replica of an abandoned oceanfront course in Wisconsin?
In the past couple of decades, architects have designed courses on the coasts of Oregon, Nova Scotia, Ireland, Scotland, New Zealand, Australia, Hawaii, New York, Norway, South Africa, Southeast Asia, Mexico, St. Lucia, and probably others I missed. England and Wales are conspicuously missing. An argument could be made that exciting oceanfront sites are more plentiful than ever in the game's history. No wonder we are getting such varied great places to play. The late 1800s were good for GB&I, but worldwide there has never been a better time to build courses.
Quote from: John Kavanaugh on November 26, 2022, 02:29:38 PMIf true why are they building a replica of an abandoned oceanfront course in Wisconsin?I believe they looked for oceanfront sites to do that and couldnít find one that suited.
You can thank a shift in society that first promoted an illusion of success by leasing a car. Now that all your family and friends can see where you golf leasing a course has become the natural option.
I believe that Frank Casey (Rosapenna) told us recently at the Renaissance Cup that St Patrick's was likely the last seaside course that will be built in Ireland. Just too hard to get approvals. Speaking of seaside here's a related fact that was eye-opening for me. Of the around 35,000 or so golf courses worldwide only about 275 are considered links courses - none in N America.
There exist 'lessor' seaside courses in the UK which with a bit of will, imagination and business nouse could be upgraded to something much more significant via a 'deal' with the membership/owners. There are also holiday camps/caravan sites in some superb dunes with a golf course of dubious spec on site that could be purchased by a developer or a 'deal' done with the owner. There are also MoD camp sites, many largely unused, next to the seaside or on free draining terrain inland, with dubious spec golf courses already on site.Where there's a will there's usually a way.