Jones Calls for Construction of 5,000 Golf Courses in U.S

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Jones Calls for Construction of 5,000 Golf Courses in U.S


PINEHURST, N.C. - Robert Trent Jones Jr. of Palo Alto, Calif., newly elected president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, has called for the building of 5,000 new golf courses in the United States in the next 10 years.

Jones, the renowned architect of more than 150 golf courses all over the world, gave his rallying call last week in Pinehurst, N.C., immediately after being elected president of the society at its annual meeting.

``The National Golf Foundation says we must add at least one golf course every day for the next 10 years to meet the exploding demand for golf throughout the country," Jones noted in his acceptance remarks.

``We should probably round that figure off to 5,000 before the year 2000 and consider it one of the greatest challenges that this organization has ever faced. It is also a tremendous challenge to the creative energy and talent of each one of us individually.

``The game has never been more popular than it is today, and it is our responsibility to meet that demand with more and consistently better work.''

Jones noted that golf courses have recently been targeted for opposition by certain environmental groups.

``Everyone in the golf course design business is an environmentalist,'' said Jones, once the chairman of the California State Parks and Recreation Commission. ``But, there are others who call themselves environmentalists, who can make a golf course sound like a toxic waste dump or a polluting factory.

"We need those who love the game of golf to unite solidly and loudly proclaim that a golf course is an animal habitat. It is a bird sanctuary. It is open space. It is a greenbelt. It is that most important factor that lessens the density in a new real estate development.

``Together with other parks, golf courses, by the oxygen renewal process, are the lungs for most of our communities. The golf course is there to be enjoyed by those who pass by as well as by those who play on the fairways.

``I think it is time that we, the devilish architects of this glorious game, those of us who design those forbidding bunkers and undulating putting surfaces . …

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