1924年占据了超过140亩的迅速扩大的奥斯汀，德克萨斯州，18洞狮子市高尔夫球场开设。该设施坐落在大Brackenridge Fract，503英亩的遗赠给德克萨斯大学的乔治华盛顿大学Brackenridge 1910年。
With that leasing arrangement expired, the city and the university continue to discuss a new agreement. The SaveMuny community looks to rally public support for Austin’s effort to extend leasing terms. If the two sides cannot find common ground, the university would reclaim the land outright. While no one at the University of Texas publicly stated it would be the end of Lions, the people behind SaveMuny don’t see the Longhorns using the Brackenridge land for golf, regardless of its civil rights significance.
虽然课程仍然受当地人的欢迎，但其历史意义将其视为国家雷达。狮子市是国家公园部门的认可，作为梅森 - 迪克森线以南的第一个荒地的高尔夫球场，于1950年打破了种族障碍。
“We understand that [the University of Texas] owns the property and that it’s a very valuable piece of land,” Crenshaw explains. “But, the course is a civil rights landmark. It cannot become strictly a monetary consideration. This is a tremendous opportunity for the U of T to step up in the community.”
When contacted for a statement, representatives of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department referred any questions to the city attorney’s. The legal team did not respond.
Director of Media Relations and Issues Management for the University of Texas at Austin J.B. Bird did offer remarks that avoided direct mention of Lions Municipal.
“This is a recreational green space less than 2 miles from downtown visited by more than 100,000 golfers and non-golfers,” he says.
狮子园isn’t the only public course under threat from today’s political climate. In January, California state government revisited Bill AB672—legislation proposed by Rep. Cristina Garcia (D-Bell Gardens) to close the state’s municipal golf courses to transform them into open spaces to house the homeless. That legislation was slowed in committee as of late January, but it sets the tone for how many legislators and community leaders view city-owned golf courses. And attacks on affordable public golf courses can remove opportunities for underprivileged players from urban minority communities to learn and play the game.
Ken Bentley is CEO of the Advocates Pro Golf Association Tour, a non-profit organization with the mission to bring greater diversity to the game of golf. The APGA Tour Board operates player development programs and mentoring efforts for inner city young people. He already has concerns that minority communities are less likely to try golf because the game is too expensive to play, considering the cost of equipment and greens fees—and closing municipal golf courses won’t help matters.
“We need golf to look like America,” Bentley says. “We need to make the game welcoming and affordable to more players on more courses, not fewer.”
宾利强调持续不断的努力创造tryways into the game for African-American youth as minority-centric First Tee, United Golfers Association, and Youth on Course partner to allow all juniors between 6 and 18 years old to play golf rounds for $5 or less on more than 1,200 courses across the U.S. Most of those courses fall under the muny banner.
Bentley and the PGA reports that more than half of the young people brought into the game by First Tee in 2021 were non-Caucasian. And First Tee is expanding its reach to more low-income Title 1 schools and into underserved urban communities.
A champion of the game for the privileged and the common citizen alike, Robert Trent Jones, Jr. designed and built more than 270 courses in more than 40 countries on every continent except Antarctica. The enthusiastic architect of bucket list golf destinations such as the Makai Golf Course Princeville, Chamber’s Bay, University Ridge, the Founders Club, and the Links at Spanish Bay, he stays involved with real-world and online efforts to preserve public golf.
“当佩戴高尔夫比赛时，坑口和王子都在一起，”琼斯说。“这是一个没有社会边界的游戏，无论是在世界上的一些最精必威官网手机版英课程还是在当地的市政场所。甚至圣安德鲁斯本身 - 游戏的家 - 是市政高尔夫球场。“
Jones reminds anyone who doubts the value of a muny that such a facility is created and maintained by and for taxpayers as a valued resource.
“在一天结束时，高尔夫球场是一个公园 - 一个公园用作社区的肺部，”他说。
Back in Texas, Crenshaw realizes the battle at SaveMuny.com hinges largely on Austin’s economic realities.
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