Down The Rabbit Hole Minisode 4: Golf

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Down the Rabbit Hole is our miniseries dedicated to the deep dives, side trails, and themes that don’t quite fit into our normal episodes.

After we learned about the climate and cultural impacts of non-native lawn grass in North America, we were left wondering: what’s up with golf? In this minisode, Elise tells us why golf might be one of the rare resource-intensive problems that could actually be on its way to solving itself. Topics include creative land use, solar farms, and affordable housing.

Listen to Episode 28 – Lawn Culture and Mushroom Scams for more on America’s longtime obsession with grass.


Sources & Further Reading:
Coronavirus shutdowns are making golf courses an oasis for stir-crazy Americans eager to get out and tee it up, Washington Post, May 2020
Solar farm pitched for Falmouth golf course, Cape Cod Times, March 2021
CityLab Daily: Are Golf Courses the Answer to L.A.’s Housing Crisis?, Bloomberg, September 2020
Proposed California Bill Threatens the Future of Golf, KUSI, April 2021
Milestones in Golf and Turfgrass Management, USGA
Environmental Principles for Golf Courses in the United States, USGA
Golf Course Colonialism, Greenpeace
An Atlanta neighborhood tries to redefine gentrification, NPR
Golf courses may be LA’s affordable housing fix, Bloomberg, September 2020
Golf courses not green enough?, LA Times, April 2005
California municipal golf courses could be converted into affordable housing under new bill, Desert Sun, April 2021
Affordable Housing Explained, Vox, April 2014
Could all California municipal golf courses be converted to housing? A new bill proposes just that., Golf Week, April 2021


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