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Saturday, August 19, 2006
Are golf courses good for economic growth?

At the Conglomerate Blog, Maryland Law Professor Lisa Fairfax asks whether building golf courses can spur economic growth in developing countries. She's done some research on the subject, and found studies that indicate golf courses promote growth. While there are some obvious endogeneity issues here, I wonder whether the same can be said for American states. Is building golf courses a route to economic development?


This is an interesting thought regarding golf courses and their economic value. It reminded me of a recent SI article I read about "dying courses" in the Myrtle Beach area. The article states that in the area around Myrtle Beach there were approximately 120 courses, which will be down to 107 by the end of the year and is expected to be even lower in the future.

I would be happy to post the link to the article but you must be a subscriber to read the full article. I can however copy/paste the article to you or in the comments area if you would like to read the full article.

Blogger Tim -- 8/20/2006 2:51 PM  

I think its not only positive for the economic growth it also involves the facts that you can build a good atmosphere around it where families can live and also schools around it where there kids can just walk too.

Blogger moises -- 8/20/2006 8:55 PM  

Golf courses paired with some high class resorts would definately be beneficial.

Anonymous tommie -- 8/20/2006 10:45 PM  

How does effect on economic value through increased jobs, tourism, and local spending get offset by the environmental impacts of building those golf courses?

Do these environmental impacts cut down on the "value" of the courses? Also, does making a golf course environmentally friendly (grass type, type of fertilizer used, etc.) present an increased initial cost?

Many environmentalists decry the proliferation of golf courses because of the heavy landscaping involved, the potential displacement of native species of animals and plants, and the expensive upkeep, which can often tax water supplies, especially in areas prone to prolonged drought seasons, and introduce pesticides and herbicides into the local ecosystem.

Is there a way to balance the benefits of golf courses and the deleterious effects they may have on the environment, in such a way to maximize the economic benefits?

Blogger Satchmo -- 8/21/2006 11:05 AM  

Where I am locally (Mississippi) we ahve gone through a bit of this as the state/city owned golf courses do not make enough money to support themselves and they stay afloat by casting themselves as 1. tourism mecca's (which I don't believe) that bring in uncalculable money in sales tax at hotels, gas stations, etc. and 2. as a public service (much like a state park), actually in MS they are run by the State Parks Dept. I believe.
While it doesn't seem to work in MS the Robert Trent Jones system in AL is a different story from what I have heard as they are well run and do turn a profit by themselves plus the tourism dollars.

On a side note I recently read a book, Leveling the Playing Field, which had a chapter about Stadium Welfare which I think applies here. Not much difference in a city paying for a stadium than paying for a golf course.

Blogger B.C. Barnes -- 8/21/2006 4:31 PM  

Strangely enough, there was a mention of golf courses and previously unforeseen environmental impacts on The Colbert Report last night.

In his Threat Down, Colbert mention at #3 a study that showed how herbicide resistant grasses used for golf courses were conveying their herbicide resistance to local flora.

I'd actually like to know what the specific study said, and what it mentions about the herbicide resistance and hybridization, and how pervasive this problem would be, but Colbert (as should be expected of a comedy show) was pretty vague about the details.

Blogger Satchmo -- 8/22/2006 10:06 AM  

I think that golf is becoming a worldwide phenomenon and it is growing day by day. More and more people are playing golf and I am sure that it has a benefic effect both for players and for economy.

Anonymous flower delivery -- 9/06/2006 12:49 PM  

Although financially there is a positive side to building golf courses it does not always benefit the local community. In some countries complexes like Polaris World can bring a growth in the economy and tourism but locally the effect on the population is never actually measured. Some courses are a little elitist and do not offer the locals the opportunity to take advantage of the course because of very high membership fees.

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