I am here today to talk about something I know practically nothing about: golf. I don’t even play mini-golf very well, to be honest. Last night I stumbled upon a conversation on Twitter about Columbia’s golf courses and it got me thinking.
The gist of it was that the golf courses owned and operated by CA were both a bad use of land and a poor use of Columbia Association resources. As you probably know, there are two: Hobbit’s Glen and Fairway Hills. I have never been to either one because, as you’ve probably guessed, I don’t play golf. In fact, the closest I’ve gotten was a party for bloggers at the newly reopened Turn House restaurant, which is golf-course adjacent. (Hobbit’s Glen)
I’ve always assumed that the golf courses were there because, when Columbia was founded, golf was an amenity considered important to offer to residents of the New American City. Since Columbia was meant to be integrated from the very start, that meant that these were integrated golf courses. That may have been a very big deal at the time. (As an aside, I found this article, “Golf and Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.” to be fascinating.)
Here are the main objections I saw listed in last night’s Twitter conversation:
- They are environmentally damaging.
- They are a form of exclusionary land use.
- There are too many of them.
- They lose money.