Thursday, October 6, 2011
San Francisco -- Figuring out the right thing to do with Sharp Park Golf Course is harder than making a 12-foot putt. Downhill. With a 4-foot break.
Opinions are no problem. Everyone has one. There are people who fervently believe the golf course should immediately be turned into a wildlife refuge for the endangered California red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake. And there are those who believe, just as passionately, that the snakes and frogs have been fine up until now, so let us play golf.
There is another way.
Don't spend $12 million or more to reinforce the seawall along the ocean. In fact - and this is a bit of a shocker - let the seawall go. In 40 or 50 years, the relentless ocean will take down the wall, a beach will reappear, and the lagoons in the course will rise and form a freshwater barrier. Snakes and frogs will live in those lagoons, as they have for eons.
In the meantime - play golf.