Death of a Golf Course

My recent trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park consisted of one night at a resort hotel and one night of camping. The resort hotel looked out on a green, lush golf course, that included a small lake with ducks floating by. As I checked in on the Friday afternoon, I overheard the hotel clerk mentioning to another guest that the main golf course was closed. Not being a golfer, I paid the comment little mind at the time. Waking early the next morning, though, I decided to explore the closed course, and set off on the pathway behind the hotel’s restaurant. Talk about a change of scenery, wow! As you can see, nature reclaims its land in short order. It was fascinating, and in the golden hours of early morning, very beautiful.

Once I was back from my several mile walk, I stopped to chat with the hotel clerk. Apparently there had been three 9-hole courses. One was given back to nature in 2012, the others just last year with hopes they’d be re-opened this year. While the 2012 sounds about right for the looks of the course, I’m not so sure about the others. I’d suspect huge amounts of money would be needed to have golfers chasing balls around again, and honestly, I couldn’t tell the 2012 course from the other two. Nature had a solid hold on all the courses I’d walked through. Who knows how many nights the resort is fully booked with golfers paying whatever fees… it’s not an easy business, I’m sure. But, the closed courses made for a super interesting, enjoyable walk… quiet, peaceful, wonderful! ~SueBee

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4 Comments on “Death of a Golf Course”

  1. Apr 25, 2020 at 11:36 am #

    great writing!

  2. Feb 13, 2020 at 3:12 pm #

    Very interesting.

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