The drive for golf and business

At the tip of Scotland’s Fife Peninsula, where the old, gray town meets the sea, a narrow, verdant sweep of sandy turf called links forms one of the most famous and, for the devout, sacred playing grounds in the world. It’s the Old Course at St. Andrews and the game is golf, That slender fragment of hallowed, links-land has brought glory and treasure to the ancient university town for 200 years.

That a golf course, albeit a fabled one, can nourish the economy and enhance the quality of life for an entire community, however far from the great centers of commerce, was very likely a circumstance not lost on developers of the California’s Monterey Peninsula and Palm Springs, North Carolina’s Pinehurst, South Carolina’s Hilton Head and several other colonies dotting the country where the word “Golf” is spelled with a capital G.