Now seems like the perfect time to talk about the things that matter. One of the things that matter is green space. Urban, municipal and university golf courses have a history of providing green space to the people of a community, often people who would not otherwise have access to green space were the golf course not there.
Mark Twain had his own ideas
It is generally believed that Mark Twain quipped, “Golf is a good walk spoiled.” But deeper research shows that this line was first publicly attributed to him in 1948, but Twain died in 1910. The most current research shows that someone named the Allens first said this line in 1903. The adage then went on to show up in news articles and literature. Quote investigator offers a detailed account.
5 fun facts about municipal golf courses
- St. Andrews is essentially a municipal or public course. The Old Course is held in a charitable trust.
- A “municipal” golf course is owned by a governmental body: a city, county, state, province or even a university. For example the University of Illinois and Illinois State University courses are both public.
- The origin of the game is hotly debated. Did it originate in Rome as the game played with feathered balls called “paganica”? Or in 15th century Scotland? Or was modern golf born in America in 1895 in Van Cortlandt Park in New York?
- Harvard Medical School found that playing golf is good for you. An 18-hole course amounts to a four mile walk. Doing this three times a week is beneficial for endurance, circulation and calorie burn- especially if you pull your own clubs.
Golf courses benefit the community
Whether you love the game, hate the game or could not care less, there are benefits to the green spaces that public, or municipal, golf courses offer. Psychologists affirm that having community green space is vital to our mental health- even if we just walk around or sit near the green space. Golf is also accessible: tykes as young as three can swing a club, and people well into their golden years find golf to be a sport they can still enjoy. The game is quiet (which is calming in the midst of the cacophony of a city), requires focus and concentration and engenders a sense of belonging to those who partake.