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Repurposing Abandoned Golf Courses?

Repurposing Abandoned Golf Courses?

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, August 7, 2019/Categories: wildlife conservation, sustainability, art and design, environment

                                            Western Desert Golf Course, USA (credit: Arizona)

During the last half-century, there seemed a never ending boom in developing golf courses, particularly in Japan and the western deserts of the USA. Besides the expense of converting open space to low-trimmed green meadows, the thick turfgrass required lots of water, heavy applications of chemical fertilizers, and intensive maintenance to keep them looking nice and green. The courses also required hoards of golfers. Times have changed. Courses are now going bankrupt from little use. What to do with all these abandoned landscapes? The Japanese company Kyocera has devised a novel approach to the problem and sees a significant business opportunity: convert them to alternative energy farms.

According to their Kyocera's announcement:

"is developing a 92MW solar power plant at a site in Kagoshima Prefecture which was originally designated as a golf course more than 30 years ago but subsequently abandoned.  Over-development of golf properties during the real-estate boom of the last century has led to hundreds of idle courses today that are now under analysis for re-purposing. In the United States, the states of Florida, Utah, Kansas, and Minnesota are having similar discussions and considering proposals on how best to deal with their closed golf courses."

Abandoned Golf Course, Japan (credit: Kyocera Corporation)
Kyocera's good idea could well be replicated on many over-developed locations in the USA. California, Arizona, Nevada, and Utah could provide many golf cources availble to converted into productive alternative, renewable energy use.

                             The 'future of golf' Altmont Pass, California  (credit: The Guardian )

The Japanese used to fly to America on golfing tours. They invested heavily in courses, gear, and brand-name golfers as promoters. It will be interesting to see if states in the US will now follow their lead and "tee up" to turn abandoned  courses here into far more productive, and less water-intensive, uses like renewable energy farms.



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