YET ANOTHER golfer has joined a growing movement of young people who want to preserve their favorite courses.
For many golfers, a good course is one that they’ve spent countless hours on, one that has a great ambiance, and that they’re passionate about.
This week, a young man from Colorado, John Peele, joined forces with the nonprofit Golf Course Heritage in a project to preserve one of the oldest golf courses in the United States.
He wanted to show the world that, yes, there are still great golf courses that exist, even if there aren’t any around.
“It’s an honor to be able to work with the Golf Course Conservation Trust to make sure we do this project,” Peele told National Geographic.
“This is the biggest conservation challenge in the country right now.”
Peele’s project involves setting aside land in the Grand Canyon National Park in Colorado and in the surrounding area, as well as a small portion of the land in Tucson.
Peele has a vision of a sustainable future for the area, and he’s looking to raise $20 million to accomplish it.
“The real beauty of this project is it’s really about the preservation of the course and the landscape itself,” Paine said.
“That’s what I love about golf courses: The fact that you can really see the beauty in the world, and the natural beauty of the world and all that.”
This isn’t the first time Peele and his team have made an effort to preserve golf courses.
In 2015, the nonprofit announced it would build a course on the campus of its campus in Colorado Springs.
The project is still in the planning stage, but the nonprofit hopes to open in 2021.
“Our aim is to have a course within a year,” Patees said.
The Grand Canyon Conservancy is working with the Arizona Natural Heritage Trust, which manages the land, to work on a conservation plan for the land.
Patee said the conservation plan will be based on the values of the surrounding community, but it will also include preservation of biodiversity.
“We really have a very specific vision that this is going to be a place where you can come to, walk to, play golf, and enjoy the views of the canyon,” he said.
In a statement to National Geographic, the Arizona Trust said the land is managed as part of the Grand National Reserve, which is a conservation area.
“Although we are not aware of a current project to restore a golf-course to the original site of its original operation, the Trust is actively seeking to acquire and develop the site,” the statement said.
It added that the Trust “will work with and consult with other interested landowners, including local residents, and will pursue opportunities to establish a golf and water park.”
The Grand National Trust’s website also lists a list of courses that have been restored to their original conditions.
Golf courses are typically constructed using timber, rock, and limestone.
The Conservancy also says that there are several sites in the area that can be restored to the same conditions as their original condition, but only in very limited amounts.
Paselles project isn’t just about preserving the course, though.
He says it’s also about preserving people.
“If we can’t see people in a place, it’s not going to make any sense,” he told National Magazine.
“I mean, that’s not the way it should work.”
This is part of a larger project to create a national treasure map, with the goal of showing the full scope of America’s golf course history.