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(Updated July 2015)

Several aspects of golf courses are explored in this Field Guide—the California drought, environmental concerns, and the golf industry outlook. Can they survive these challenges?  (A. Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist)

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Golf Course Industry Outlook

In real estate, golf ups its game, (The Wall Street Journal, May 28, 2015).

California golf industry defends economic vitality as drought woes intensify, (Accuweather, Apr. 18, 2015).

Will California golf courses survive the drought?, (The Atlantic/City Lab, Apr. 8, 2015).

Golf course communities: back from the brink, (World Property Journal, Mar. 6, 2015).

Code Blue for Diamondhead?, (Diamondhead News, Jan. 9, 2015).

Can Golf Courses and Nature Coexist?

Golfers at Sharp Park warm up to color change, (ABC News 7 San Francisco, May 21, 2015).

How golf courses in California are saving water to deal with the drought, (Los Angeles Daily News, May 13, 2015).

Golf course superintendents juggle with nature to get job done, (Kane County Chronicle, May 2, 2015).

Why the decline of golf is good for the environment, (Decoded Science, Oct. 12, 2014).

Golf benefits wildlife & people, (The Sustainability Council, May 1, 2014).

Study: Golf courses aren’t actually bad for the environment, (Golf WRX,  Apr. 14, 2014).


Golf course valuation creates beef in the bayou, (Valuation Review, July 8, 2015).

Why assessors need to take a mulligan (National Real Estate Investor, Aug. 1, 2008).

Appraising "golf course" homes (Appraisal Scoop, Sept. 22, 2006).

Segmentation of golf course markets (Assessment Journal, Jan. 2003). E

Land valuation: golf course (Assessment Journal, May/June 1999). E

Impact on Property Value

Rock Creek Golf Course owners push for land-use change (Portland Tribune, July 31, 2008).

Golf courses make good neighbors, until owners want to sell (Star Tribune, Feb. 4, 2008).

Measuring the impact of parks on property values (Massachusetts Land Trust).

Golf course communities: the effect of course type on housing prices (The Appraisal Journal, Apr. 2003). E

Useful Websites

American FootGolf League

Golf Courses: An Ever Changing Challenge, (American Society of Appraisers, n.d.).

www.golfappraisers.org — The Society of Golf Appraisers

www.gcbaa.org — Golf Course Builders Association of America

www.ascga.org — American Society of Golf Course Architects

www.ngcoa.org — National Golf Course Owners Association

www.ngf.org — National Golf Foundation

www.gcsaa.org — Golf Course Superintendents Association of America

www.usga.org — United States Golf Association

eBooks & Other Resources

Books, Videos, Research Reports & More

The resources below are available for loan through Information Services. Up to three books, tapes, CDs and/or DVDs can be borrowed for 30 days from the Library for a nominal fee of $10. Call Information Services at 800-874-6500 for assistance.

Analysis and Valuation of Golf Courses and Country Clubs (Chicago, IL: Appraisal Institute, 2003). GV 975 Ap6

Golf Course Development in Residential Communities (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 2001). GV 975 M91

Golf Course Development and Real Estate (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 1994). GV 975 Ur1

Guidelines for Financing a Golf Course (Jupiter, FL: National Golf Foundation, 1994). GV 975 N21g

Golf Course Developments: Selected References (Washington, D.C.: Urban Land Institute, 1992). GV 975 UrL

Planning and Developing a Golf Range Complex (Jupiter, FL: National Golf Foundation, 1992). GV 975 N21p

Guidelines for Planning, Building and Operating a Golf Range (Jupiter, FL: National Golf Foundation, 1992). GV 975 N21g

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