The March 15 edition of Golf World includes an article titled "Altered Course." The article is not yet online, but golfers in and around Laredo will want to pick up a copy or check the Web site in coming weeks to read the article.
It's about the terrible state of the golf course economy. Course openings have falled precipitously over the past decade, hitting a nadir in 2009. That's bad news for golf course design companies, and for golfers in general. So how does that translate into good news for Laredo?
Laredo is one of the few places these days that you'll find a golf course project moving full steam ahead. The City of Laredo is building a new municipal course, and because business is so bad across the United States, golf course designers are fighting to get the Laredo project.
The city is spending "only" $6.6 million on the new course, about 40 percent of which will go for infrastructure and other non-golf essentials. Some of the design firms fighting for the job wouldn't have been interested at all just a few years ago in project in Laredo, and with so small (by their standards) a budget.
But in today's environment? According to Golf World, some of the famous course architects who are interested in landing the project include Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Greg Norman, Pete Dye, Robert Trent Jones Jr., Michael Hurdzan, D.A. Weibring, Hale Irwin, David McLay Kidd, Lanny Wadkins and Peter Jacobsen.
The golf course design industry's hard times are going to wind up giving Laredo a great new municipal golf course.