Other Stuff: Spoiled Golfer –
By Wayne Halm –
I’m a little worried this morning. I see a golf trend that is … well, disturbing.
I live on the Hawaiian island of Kauai. I know Kauai is a special golfing environment and my concerns may not be universal – yet I am concerned.
A few years ago an exclusive and expensive private golf club opened on Kauai ( http://kukuiula.com/ ). They built a wonderful golf course and an opulent clubhouse, then began selling upscale home-sites. In my view this was all fine.
I’ve played the course three times in conjunction with writing articles. Once my editor accompanied me, but in three rounds I have not seen another golfer on the course. While odd, that is understandable. The real purpose of the golf course is to create and sell prime real estate, not to generate green fees.
The private club is a fine business model and it has built a lot of golf courses. However, here I see it also doing something else.
Last year The Prince Golf Course closed and announced plans to re-open as a private club. And I see indications that another is positioning to follow the same route.
Somehow I find this uncomfortable. It makes me realize that I am a spoiled golfer. I’ve been able to play these courses even though they weren’t profitable – now that is being taken away and I miss it. But I can’t blame the owners, I’ve run businesses and know the importance of revenue.
While a business is about more than dollars – it is not long about anything without them.
The conversion to private club is made possible by undeveloped land adjacent to the courses. This wild land is one of the things that make the courses attractive to me. It saddens me to envision houses lining the courses. But business is business – and I must admit, I really am a spoiled golfer.
What do you think? Am I spoiled? Is this sort of thing happening in your area? Leave me a comment below … then
Come play golf with me.