Putting on a Landfill

Head over to Front Porch Republic to read this great post by Susan McWilliams on the world’s most expensive golf course. It just happens to be located at Liberty State Park. Yes, that Liberty State Park. The same New Jersey park where some of you may have climbed into a boat and traveled to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.

Here is a snippet:

Liberty National Golf Course, for those who have not yet been asked to play there, is the most expensive golf course ever built. It opened in 2006, having cost an estimated $250 million to create, and is the centerpiece of the Liberty National Golf Club. Membership in the club is by invitation only, and those lucky few who are invited may join for the low, low “initiation fee” of $500,000. The course’s website reassures would-be members that the course is easy to reach … because there are five landing strips for private jets nearby.

Some have justified Liberty National’s existence by saying that if it hadn’t been built, the site “would still be a toxic waste dump rotting on the banks of the Hudson River.” Because, I guess, the only way to fix something broken is to sell it off to the highest bidder, who will then paint it pretty colors and tell other people that if they want to look at it, they have to pay half a million dollars.

(I’m not sure how much legitimate environmental cleanup went into the construction of Liberty National, although I am sure that golf courses themselves tend to be environmentally dubious propositions, albeit environmentally dubious propositions that are aesthetically pleasing.)

Indeed, people who have had occasion to visit Liberty National Golf Course report that it is very pretty. I’m sure it is, what with “the huddled masses” and “the tempest-tost” kept a safe distance away from the “state of the art heliport.” And isn’t that what America is all about?

2 thoughts on “Putting on a Landfill

  1. As far as I can tell, it appears to have been built with private funds. So no soaking the rich seems to have been necessary.

    It sounds rather commendable to me.


  2. They're not serious are they, john? Whining about repurposing a toxic waste dump, creating jobs, soaking the rich for a few pennies?

    What should we do, build affordable housing on it and condemn ourselves later for giving the inhabitants headaches if not cancer?

    I'm just not feeling this one.


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