In the 1990s, I learned to play golf at the Usine Ste Madeleine Golf Course (USMGC), a scenic nine-hole course located near the “Usine pond”. In those days, it was the main course in south accessible to the ordinary man or woman. (Becoming a member at Petrotrin required recommendations, was expensive, and entailed at least a two-year wait. Many who applied were rejected.) These days, USMGC is the only course in south, period.

In the US, they are advertising drive, chip and putt competitions for children, with overwhelming response. And what are we doing? Closing one of the few golf courses that children and poor people can use.

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There are many and better ways to make a profit than by destroying yet another golf course. (The senseless and wanton destruction of the Brighton Golf Course in La Brea, for the benefit only of those paid to destroy it, comes to mind.)

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