A sign of things to come?
Undoubtedly you’ve heard about the newly proposed golf course at Ferry Point Park. Spearheaded by real estate mogul Donald Trump, who I swear can sniff out an available plot of land from light years away, it obviously hasn’t been without controversy.
I’m actually on the fence on this plan. The games are supposed to run at least $100 and considering that the Bronx is one of the poorest counties in the state, it’s kind of like adding salt to a wound. (Granted, I have never experienced this, but I imagine it must hurt a lot.) On the other hand, if done right, it could help the borough out by creating these living wage jobs that our BP is all about and help boost profits for local businesses. Like I said, it would have to be done right.
Capitalism’s the American way, so I can’t fault Trump for doing what he does (in this case anyway). But, FYI, I do not support having my tax dollars put towards a game I do not even consider a real sport. (It’s not a sport if you wear polo shirts and khakis.) This could easily be a repeat of that whole Yankee Stadium fiasco.
But in the interest of fair competition, let’s not forget that the Bronx already has a few golf courses, and affordable ones at that.
1. Van Cortlandt Park Golf Course (Bailey Ave. and Van Cortlandt Park South) was the first public golf course in the U.S. Allegedly, there have been issues in the past with people being mugged on the course. Hmmmm. *side eye*
2. Mosholu Golf Course (3545 Jerome Ave.) actually has a number of programs to help people of all ages learn to play the game.
3. Pelham/Split Rock Golf Courses (870 Shore Rd.) The existence of these courses just goes to show how bajillion time bigger/better Pelham Bay Park is than Central Park. It’s so massive, there are TWO golf courses inside. And I have seen neither.
There you go, three viable and cheaper options than Mr. Trump’s super-course. I mean, who plays golf anyway?