The Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail
By mustang6560 on 3/10/11
Who doesn't enjoy a good government mandate from time to time?

No? OK, well how about if the mandate is to build golf courses? That's what I thought, I have your attention now.
Bills filed last week by Sen. John Thrasher and Rep. Patrick Rooney would create a Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail around Florida.

The bills call for at least one Nicklaus-designed course to be built in state parks in all five regions of Florida. Rooney's version specifically names one park that has to get a Nicklaus course: Jonathan Dickinson State Park in Martin County on the east coast.
In general, I'm not much for the government sticking its nose in places it doesn't belong (i.e. golf course development). However, golf is a big industry for the state of Florida and Jack Nicklaus is willing to design the courses at a discounted price. I would take issue with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail if it would run other area golf courses out of business. Anytime you subsidize one business in an area, you potentially hurt the other businesses in the area. And we all know Florida is not short of golf courses.

I read another article about this topic titled Golf courses in state parks 'the worst idea in history'. I guess this guy isn't aware of Bethpage State Park in New York. I think Bethpage is doing alright (two US Open Championships in the last decade).

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[ comments ]
mjaber says:
I'm surprised Ohio isn't taking issue with this.
bkuehn1952 says:
I guess the politicians in Florida were peeved about Georgia getting all the press ("2011 the Year of Golf - Georgia")and had to trump their northern neighbors.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Michael, interesting point about Ohio. His official web site shows that of the eleven Nicklaus-designed courses in Ohio, eight are private -- including the Scarlet Course at Ohio State. Two are daily fee, and another is semi-private. If I were ever able to play any sort of "Nicklaus Trail" in Ohio, I would have to win the lottery.

>>> I would take issue with the Jack Nicklaus Golf Trail if it would run other area golf courses out of business. <<<

Well-stated and agreed, Mustang.
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