The Real Deal New York

What do with dying golf courses? Let the NIMBY wars begin.

Many out-of-business courses would make good sites for housing, but neighbors aren't on board
June 09, 2018 04:42PM

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With about 10 million less golfers than there were circa 2002, the question of what to do with hundreds of acres of former courses has revealed something of a dilemma.

Former golf courses are arguably the best sites for new housing developments; as City Lab puts it, they are surrounded by wealthy communities with good schools and, likely, solid job opportunities, but neighbors don’t seem open to the idea.

Most old golf courses, perhaps because they’re zoned commercially, end up being developments with a mix of office, retail and hospitality components or parks.

“The main variable blocking new housing on old golf courses might be old-fashioned NIMBYism,” writes Nolan Gray for the publication, as he describes the various housing projects that have been canned due to local opposition. One such project was a 154-unit development for seniors in the Boston suburb of Lynfield. [City Lab] Erin Hudson