Several aspects of golf courses are explored here: the California drought, environmental concerns, and the golf industry outlook. Can they survive these challenges?


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Golf Industry Outlook

How Golf Hopes to Keep Winning After the Pandemic (The Wall Street Journal, Apr. 9, 2021)

People are Buying Golf Course Homes After Years of Decline (Realty Biz News, Mar. 24, 2021)

Old Golf Courses Are Being Turned Into E-Commerce Warehouses (Bloomberg Businessweek, Mar. 24, 2021)

How a Golf Course Community Recovered from a Near Death Experience (The New York Times, Mar. 22, 2021)

When a Golf Community Breathes New Life into a Town (Mansion Global, Oct. 14, 2020)

Yelling 'Fore' Again ... but 2 at a Time (NPR, May 8, 2020)

Golf Courses & Country Clubs Industry (Barnes Reports, Jan. 1, 2020) E

The Long-Term Effects of Covid-19 on Golf in the United States (Golf Course Architecture, Apr. 30, 2020)

Golf Industry Facts (National Golf Foundation, 2020)

Can Golf Courses and Nature Coexist?

Golf Courses and Earth Day (The Union, Apr. 16, 2021)

These New and Improved Golf Courses Embrace Their Natural Surroundings (Barron’s, Apr. 12, 2021)

Is the Golf Industry Doing Enough to Combat Climate Change? (Green Biz, Apr. 9, 2021)

After COVID-19, Should Chastain’s Golf Course Remain a Huge Public Park? (Buckhead, May 10, 2020)

Changes to Federal Water Policy Empower Local Environmental Advocates like Me | Opinion (Lohud, Feb. 27, 2020)

Why the Decline of Golf is Good News for the Environment (Decoded Science, Nov. 12, 2019)

Loss in Popularity, Climate Change Put Pressure on Public Golf Courses (Minn Post, May 30, 2019)

Golf Course Land Positive Effects on the Environment (Seattle Journal of Environmental Law, Apr. 10, 2019)

Not Just the Links are Green (The New York Times, Mar. 9, 2019)


Proposed New Public Golf Course in Boca Raton Criticized Amid Concerns about the Cost (CBS12, Jul. 23, 2019)

Golf Course Property Tax Bill Is Not Likely to Pass (River Journal, Jun. 9, 2019)

Exclusive Private Golf Club in Baiting Hollow Has Property Tax Bill Slashed by Court (Riverhead Local, Mar. 3, 2019)

Impact on Property Value

Golf Real Estate: Booming Markets Change Club Life (Golfweek, Jan. 19, 2021)

Now May Be the Time to Invest in a Golf Community (Million Acres, Jan. 7, 2021)

Golf Real Estate: Booming Markets Changing Club Life (USA Today, Jan. 19, 2021)

How Much Does Living Close to a Golf Course Add to Property Values? (National Recreation and Park Association, May 21, 2020)

Study Shows Drop in Home Values if Arizona Golf Courses Close (Club + Resort Business, May 30, 2019)

A Home Next to the Fairway May Land You in the Green (Bakersfield.com, Mar. 17, 2019)

Thinking of Buying in a Golf Community? (The New York Times, Mar. 9, 2019)

Money-Losing Golf Courses Can Club the Values of Nearby Homes (The Real Deal, Jan. 12, 2019)

Useful Websites

American Society of Golf Course Architects

Golf Course Builders Association of America

Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

National Golf Course Owners Association

National Golf Foundation

The Society of Golf Appraisers

United States Golf Association

eBooks & Other Resources

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Member Support. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Member Support at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Analysis and Valuation of Golf Courses and Country Clubs (Chicago, IL: Appraisal Institute, 2003). GV 975 Ap6

Golf Course Development in Residential Communities (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2001) GV 975 M91

Golf Course Development and Real Estate (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 1994) GV 975 Ur1

Guidelines for Financing a Golf Course (Jupiter, FL: National Golf Foundation, 1994) GV 975 N21g

Golf Course Developments: Selected References (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 1992) GV 975 UrL

Planning and Developing a Golf Range Complex (Jupiter, FL: National Golf Foundation, 1992) GV 975 N21p

Guidelines for Planning, Building and Operating a Golf Range (Jupiter, FL: National Golf Foundation, 1992) GV 975 N21g

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