Golf is to Greensboro as basketball is to Chapel Hill. According to Golf Link, there are 33 golf courses within 20 miles of downtown Greensboro. One of the cover stories featured in the March 1960 Golf Digest was one entitled, North Carolina Wonderland of Golf." The first course in Greensboro opened in 1909 at the corner of Summit Avenue and Deway Street out near St. Leo's Hospital, ( reference). Since the early 1900's, Greensboro has contributed significantly to North Carolina's being associated with golf.
Today's post takes us to the Farm Course of the Greensboro Country Club at Carlson Farms off Carlson Dairy Road. This private course represents 18 holes with a par of 72 and over 7,376 yards, making it the longest in Greensboro. It was redesigned in 2013 and remains a beautiful, hilly course. We're using golf for our ABC Wednesday "G" entry. "G" is for "golf." GDP's theme this round is GO GREEN. (See our A-F GO GREEN entries here).
In one way, golf courses are tied to the perception that a community is green. The courses provide lovely, open space that appear natural and are protected from commercial or residential development. Unfortunately, the un-green aspect of keeping golf courses green is their excessive use of water. On a positive, environmental note, the US Golf Association is keenly aware of this issue and is making an effort to decrease water use to irrigate golf courses (read here).