This recent article from the DC Streets Blog outlines a proposal for transforming massive golf courses throughout the United States into something more. Says writer Tanya Snyder, golf courses “devour so much land, much of it in suburbia” (i.e., where many seniors live and want to stay). However, because the sport is decreasing in popularity at the same time that home property values are declining, a solution was suggested by aging experts and real estate professionals: “Build mixed-use development inside them,” according to the article.
Mixed-use development means retail, dining, and office space, and perhaps other recreation opportunities will settle on or around the giant green space that is currently underused yet astronomically expensive to maintain, per the piece.
Added benefits: those who currently live near a golf course selected for development are likely to enjoy a boost in property value and the perks of living in a walkable community — easy access to an array of shopping, social engagement, work and recreation possibilities — a trend that is sweeping the country as the population ages.
Learn about other creative retrofitting projects like this one here at the blog.