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June 22, 2017
The Community Impact of Golf: Courses Help Rebirth in New Orleans and Detroit
Detroit and New Orleans, two iconic American cities, share a common bond beyond an obvious love of music. They are both rising from the ashes -- one from natural disaster, the other from an economic meltdown. You'd be hard-pressed to name two better feel-good stories that show the resolve of this country than the makeover of New Orleans post‑Hurricane Katrina and Detroit after the economy (and the automobile business specifically) tanked.
For us golfers, there’s beauty in that the game hasn't been forgotten in the recovery; in fact, you could say golf is part of the solution as both cities attempt to reinvent themselves.
In New Orleans, look no further than the story of Bayou Oaks, a public golf facility that opened in April. The Rees Jones creation took two courses damaged when Hurricane Katrina ripped through New Orleans and its City Park complex in 2005, and from the ground up built one championship course expected to be the caliber of former U.S. Open sites Torrey Pines and Bethpage Black -- two municipal courses that also include Jones's handiwork
Full article here: National Golf Foundation.