The World Needs Another Golf Course Like It Needs Another Hole In The Ozone

Max Whittaker for The New York Times Natalia Badán, a winery owner and longtime resident of the Guadalupe Valley, called a zoning change “an aggression.”

Max Whittaker for The New York Times
Natalia Badán, a winery owner and longtime resident of the Guadalupe Valley, called a zoning change “an aggression.”

If you have ever swung a golf club, in earnest, on a challenging hole somewhere on a beautifully crafted course, you might agree: the game is good for the soul. But there is such thing as too much of a good thing:

A Rustic Paradise, Open for Development

By DAMIEN CAVE

New zoning rules will open northwestern Mexico’s agricultural heartland to denser housing and golf courses, but there is concern that the Guadalupe Valley cannot sustain this intensified development.

We have to be with Natalia Badán on this one. There is nothing inherently wrong with golf, the game, or even golf as a real estate development tool. But like all things, moderation is important.  Too much of the game (unless you are a pro or wealthy enough that you can afford the time) will drive you crazy or in some other manner potentially ruin you. Too many courses, the way they are most often developed in recent decades, and the planet suffers. The origins of the game, the links model, was fine because the emphasis was not on tearing up the earth and reassembling it with non-native species, using pesticides, fertilizers, etc.   Now golf, the development tool, is out of control.   Thanks to Natalia, to the New York Times and to Damien Cave for bringing our attention to this important story.

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