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Mar 25, 2015
Out on a Limb


(NEW ORLEANS, LA) No doubt, it wasn’t the end Jonathan Boover envisioned when he climbed midway up a large cypress tree 11 days ago in an effort to keep a new $24.5 million golf course in New Orleans from being built. According to The Times-Picayune, Boover fell from the tree shortly before 11 a.m on Tuesday and was carried away on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance. “Witnesses say Boover may have broken his nose and injured his foot and knee in the fall. He had been running low on supplies, witnesses said, and was likely weak from hunger when he flipped out of his hammock perched midway up the tree,” the newspaper reports. The new golf course in City Park will necessitate the removal of about 110 trees, about half of those are invasive trees or already dead, says City Park CEO Bob Becker. We’re not sure how many of those trees have already been removed…except one. Shortly after Boover fell from his perch, that particular cypress tree was immediately cut down.

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Mar 25, 2015
Out on a Limb


(NEW ORLEANS, LA) No doubt, it wasn’t the end Jonathan Boover envisioned when he climbed midway up a large cypress tree 11 days ago in an effort to keep a new $24.5 million golf course in New Orleans from being built. According to The Times-Picayune, Boover fell from the tree shortly before 11 a.m on Tuesday and was carried away on a stretcher into a waiting ambulance. “Witnesses say Boover may have broken his nose and injured his foot and knee in the fall. He had been running low on supplies, witnesses said, and was likely weak from hunger when he flipped out of his hammock perched midway up the tree,” the newspaper reports. The new golf course in City Park will necessitate the removal of about 110 trees, about half of those are invasive trees or already dead, says City Park CEO Bob Becker. We’re not sure how many of those trees have already been removed…except one. Shortly after Boover fell from his perch, that particular cypress tree was immediately cut down.

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Mar 23, 2015
Arizona’s Best


(RIO VERDE, AZ)  Rio Verde Country Club and Golf Community, located in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains at the edge of the Tonto National Forest northeast of Scottsdale, has been voted the No. 1 “Private Golf Course” and “Active Adult Community” by Ranking Arizona: the Best of Arizona Business. The rankings, published annually by Arizona Business Magazine, include more than 250 categories and 2000-plus entries. The Lehman Design Group renovated Rio Verde’s Quail Run and White Wing golf courses, a $6.5 million project modernizing both layouts while retaining their “soft desert” playability. Par-72 Quail Run – playing to 6,602-yards – sports a traditional design reminiscent of America’s great Midwestern golf venues. The par-70, 6,535-yard White Wing features links-style elements such as fairway mounding, open green fronts and stacked-sod bunkering.

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Mar 20, 2015
Vintage Save


(NORTH AUGUSTA, SC) With the Masters just a few weeks away, our thoughts naturally turn to Augusta. This time to North Augusta, just across the border in South Carolina, home of Mount Vintage Plantation Golf Club. The club’s 27 holes are highly reminiscent of Augusta National with its hilly terrain and treacherous greens. The club, which is a great choice for those looking to get in a round during a visit to the Masters, has been in and out of the news of late. Forced to close just over a year ago after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the club then reopened last April under bank management. Last month, it was announced that KemperSports, which manages Bandon Dunes Golf Resort and Chambers Bay among others, has been hired by the bank to manage the facility. While that was good news for golfers, the news wasn’t so good for the club’s previous owner. Mike Hooker has been ordered by a South Carolina judge to pay $341,201 to settle a lawsuit brought by a group of investors who put money into the private club to keep it afloat. According to The Augusta Chronicle, Hooker (who represented himself at trial) said, “I shouldn’t have bought the club. I did it with the intention of preserving the property owners’ values.”

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Mar 18, 2015
This Phoenix Won’t Rise


(JACKSON TOWNSHIP, OH) Forget the fabled phoenix rising from its ashes. In the end, a methane gas leak did in the Phoenix Golf Links outside Columbus, Ohio. Of all the reasons that a number of golf courses around the country have closed, this is by the far one of the most unusual. The course was built in 2000 to protect the earthen cap over a country landfill, presumably to help prevent a public nuisance such as a gas leak. A lawsuit or two later, the course became the responsibility of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, which discovered that running a golf course was not all that much fun. Or profitable. After trying unsuccessfully to find someone else to run it, the agency decided to shutter the course permanently. According to The Columbus Dispatch, plans are to “fill in the sand bunkers, take out the cart paths and level the slopes to provide for easier maintenance and mowing of the property and to better protect the landfill cap.” 

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