Did you even know there was a golf course at Yosemite? It’s down in Wawona. It opened in 1918, just 2 years after the Half Dome cables were erected. It was the first regulation course in the Sierra. It’s a 9-hole, par-35 run set in the shadow of the historic Wawona Hotel. Creative tee positions per side provide a par-70, 18-hole format. 18 holes will set you back $41.50 and you can rent an electric cart for another $18.
The question is: Does it have a place in a National Park? I know we have the Badger Pass ski resort, but that’s a subject for another discussion. It’s near the South Fork of the Merced – a Wild and Scenic River. As we know, the developing Merced River Plan is looking at things that impact the river. Just because things have always been, doesn’t mean they will remain. How do you feel? Is it really necessary to have a golf links in the park? Could that land be used for other, more appropriate uses?
Sierra Meadows Golf Course is close by and the River Creek course can support more players. What do you think?
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are whatmatter.” – Tiger Woods
MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com