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With Rantburg and the Club being down from DOS attacks, I had time to poke around. From Daniel Wexler:

…Setting up the aerial photo links to this website’s Week Ahead segment occasionally takes some doing, particularly when events are played in geographically remote locations whose golf courses I am less familiar with. Last week I had to hunt around a bit to locate Singapore’s Tanah Merah Country Club, the primary challenge being that the layout in question sits amidst 97 holes (!) clustered together near the island’s eastern tip. What’s amazing about this is that the whole of Singapore amounts to only 270 square miles – or, rough speaking, 1/40th the landmass of, for example, Lebanon, a country generally thought of as tiny.

So the obvious question: How can so small a place utilize so much precious acreage on a game played by so few people?

The answer, of course, is that the golfers had the resources to control the real estate necessary to make it happen, perhaps not an ideal circumstance from a socio-economic perspective but one which makes possible the existence of so land-hungry a game in many locales otherwise ill-suited to it. By the way, more than 20 courses dot the island of Singapore which, by any measure, is impressive.

A Rich Man’s Game.- Such is golf’s rap, but in some ways perhaps we are lucky it is so.


Written by PappyBro

March 2, 2008 at 08:05

Posted in Golf

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