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The third leg of Richardson's win-win-win pronouncement was the
addition of a new golf asset to a Silicon Valley community that is
rich in technology but not known for high quality public golf.

From Richardson's standpoint, the project evolved into a
golden opportunity to not only create a layout that not only
offers many links style features including a nod to famed St.
Andrews with a double green complex, but also to mold a whole
new landscape using what Richardson said was "a pile of new
dirt five stories high" imported for the task. In the process he
reduced maintained turf acreage by 40 percent, replaced eucalyptus and other non-native trees and added significant wetlands areas as well as widening San Francisquito Creek for flood
control.
The third leg of Richardson's win-win-win pronouncement
was the addition of a new golf asset to a Silicon Valley community that is rich in technology but not known for high quality
public golf.
"We think we have created a destination must-play links golf
experience in this project," Richardson said. "There's not a lot of

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good public golf in the Palo Alto area. There's not really anything
in Silicon Valley that's open to the public."
There has been considerably less public golf in the Palo Alto
area for the last three years. In the first of those, the former Palo
Alto Municipal was open due to delays in securing the necessary environmental permitting for the project, but players had to
deal with the afore-mentioned piles of dirt and other obstacles
in preparation for construction of the new links style course. The
course was closed for the past two years.
While at first glance many industry observers might automatically write off an 8 figure bond investment and a $3 million
annual management fee as two prongs of a lose-lose municipal
golf proposition in the current golf industry environment, it appears that the Baylands Golf Links plan may be an exception to
what has become, sadly, a disappointing trend in the fortunes of
municipal golf.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018

TOC
NGF 2017 industry report released: facts served “sunnyside up”
Baylands Golf Links a win-win-win proposition times two?
Club manufacturer service frustrates green grass customer
April golf weather impact: A sea of red but March utilization hits 60%
Detroit fortunes looking up; golf market to follow?
It is, after all, all about the money
The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - TOC
The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - NGF 2017 industry report released: facts served “sunnyside up”
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The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - 5
The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - Baylands Golf Links a win-win-win proposition times two?
The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - 7
The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - Club manufacturer service frustrates green grass customer
The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - 9
The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - April golf weather impact: A sea of red but March utilization hits 60%
The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - 11
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The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - Detroit fortunes looking up; golf market to follow?
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The Pellucid Perspective - May 2018 - It is, after all, all about the money
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