A four-year legal challenge to the operation of San Francisco's Sharp Park Golf Course, which is municipally owned and operated, appears to be at an end after an appeal by the Wild Equity Institute, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Sierra Club was denied.
Since Golfweek started publishing in 1975, some 6,500 courses have opened in the U.S., plus another 5,000 worldwide. A few of them have made a difference in how the art of design is understood by players today, and a few have transformed the business of golf.
The U.S. Golf Association has given its prestigious Herbert Warren Wind Book Award for 2014 to James Hansen for his definitive biography of Robert Trent Jones Sr., “A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf."
President Barack Obama's announcement Dec. 17 of a new era in Cuban-American relations, including normalized diplomatic recognition and some modest restrictions in trade, represent considerable steps for golf in that country.