10.15.2021 Eat your heart out Austin Steve

Not exactly a complete opposite but close to what Steve Schwartzman experiences in Austin as natural places become housing developments. In this case a golf course is being turned into a few things, that includes a possible low-income housing development on a small portion of the land.  There will also be a solar farm, or at least it is in the permitting process, that will contribute tax revenue to support the rest of the land which will be filled with hiking trails, wildflower meadows which are home to a few endangered plants, paths between neighborhoods, but no golf. Actually the town already owns a 9 hole course in the northern end of Amherst and there is another in midtown.  This was 18 holes but went out of business twice. And it is within walking distance from my home which is in one of the neighborhoods that will be connected by the trails.

Hickory Ridge

The fog doesn’t necessarily project its beauty but give me time.  🙂  I only had a few minutes there this morning before a doctor’s appointment.

This was my first visit to the land.  I don’t golf and the closest I got to spending time there was in the clubhouse restaurant on a few occasions…and dropping off a live catch mouse which I think might have beat me back to the house.

There is another piece of converted private property not far from me that I hope to visit this weekend while the foliage is still good.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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23 Responses to 10.15.2021 Eat your heart out Austin Steve

  1. Littlesundog says:

    Nice image. I suggest enjoying the land while it’s still pristine. Humans tend to destroy and ruin everything of nature and beauty. I look forward to seeing colorful images from you in the coming days. It’s a special time of year!

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    • Our foliage season still has not reached peak, it’s close, so I am hoping to have more to share.

      Amherst is pretty good about managing our lands and conserving several natural areas. I am confident that the part of this property that is set aside for nature will not see any degradation in the future.

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  2. If the golf course went out of business twice, we all know who ran it! SCNR! 😉

    Joking aside, urban sprawl and the loss of natural environments is very much a problem still in Southern California too, unfortunately. Turning a golf course into affordable housing, a solar farm and hiking trails sounds a lot better than anything that’s happening here.

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    • I was pleasantly surprised when I learned of the town’s interest in the land and how we will use it in the various ways. For the most part Amherst is a fairly expensive town to live in with most of the new development upscale. We live in the low rent district. 🙂 But the town is cognizant of the need for low income housing and most large scale home building is required to set aside some for that purpose.


  3. Todd Henson says:

    It can be a tough balance as we keep expanding and taking over more land to try to preserve some of it. As for golfing, all I’ve ever done is a little miniature golf every once in a while. Thankfully it requires much less land. 🙂

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    • When one considers what the first visitors to this continent saw and what our exploding and crawling population has taken from that it is a bit depressing. But there is not much we can do about it but try to preserve as much of what we have as we can. Relatedly, I have not heard if the pandemic is leading to a baby boom or not.


  4. Ann Mackay says:

    I like the sound of wildflower meadows – much more interesting than a golf course, hehe! (Though I’m sure that golfers wouldn’t agree with me.)

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    • I do also, Ann. I doubt they will rival those the above mentioned Steve experiences with wildflower meadows in Texas but it will be good to have a few more in town. We have two other, albeit smaller, courses for golfers here. Who needs three ? 🙂

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    I believe Austin Steve will approve this new development in your neck of the woods.

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Definitely a better use of the land than a golf course that few enjoy.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    I think I mentioned to you our repurposed golf course, now become Exploration Green: retention and detention ponds, walking trails, native plantings, and so on. It’s good to see efforts like these going on around the country. It’s also true that golf courses are changing. One of my former customers was the developer of a Colorado course designed to be sustainable and environmentally responsible: recirculated water, more natural landscaping, biological control of insect pests, and so on.

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    • Yes, you did mention Exploration Green…although I am not sure whether I remembered the name or not. I think what they are doing with changing how water is used for golf courses is not only wise but what is becoming the only way to continue sustainably watering such large land tracts.


  8. Nice moody looking fog image! Enjoyed seeing it!

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  9. Hooray for going in the right direction!

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  10. Funny how a mouse can race you home 🤣, and may even bring some friends! I hope all that development unfolds in a sustaining way, Steve. Nice capture of the tree standing sentinel.

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  11. Tina says:

    Beautiful photo, Steve. I rather like the plans for the former golf course. I hope there will be plenty of trees and maybe native shrubs and perennials along the pathways and adorning the homes’ physical space.

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    • Thanks, Tina! I like them also. Plus, in my own self interest, having it within a five minute walk will be great. The town went out and purchased several hundred trees of different species, not all native, and planted them around town along the streets. Amherst has always valued trees and has a tree warden who has a lot of say in what happens to them.


  12. That tree makes an excellent subject! Good subjects are almost always worth going back.

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    • There’s a lot of land and a few years ago someone told me to look for a special tree. I didn’t have time on this day but I will look for it. The foliage on the course hasn’t really turned yet so there is that as well.


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