Just as the historic Rackham Course is about to fall prey to the greedy claws of the developers, so too are other excellent courses from around the country.
Regular reader Marty Lyle points out that the Bear Trace at Chickasaw course—a 2001 Golf Digest Top 10 Course—is in danger of being closed. Lyle writes:
“The closest course to Jackson and Memphis (5th and 1st most populous cities), the Bear Trace Chickasaw, is in danger of being closed. The course is less than 10 years old, and was placed in a rural county as it was the home county of a powerful state senator. This course must be one of the most beautiful courses not on an ocean. Memphis itself may soon close an inner city wooded public course, the Davy Crockett.
I have played Chickasaw about ten times in 2005 and 2006, and it is a great course. ”
Your friendly neighborhood Golf Blogger has got this half-baked idea about the need for a national clearinghouse / index of public courses that are in danger. I’ll have to think on it some more.