Date of Award

1991

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Community Planning

First Advisor

Farhad Atash

Abstract

The Town of New Shoreham has expressed its desire to improve its economic base through diversification (Comprehensive Plan Citizens Participation Workshop, November, 1990). A golf course was one of the options which the town had expressed an interest in. Interest has grown to the point where a golf course study committee has been formed to assess the need for golf on Block Island.

Golf is one of the nations most popular forms of recreation (National Golf Foundation, 1989). Over the past ten years, the sport has seen great advances in the number of individuals who play the game. It is a form of recreation that is appropriate for all ages, from the young to the very old. Studies by the National Golf Foundation (NGF) have provided information that shows this growth continuing well into the 21st century. Based on current growth, the NGF statistics show that nationally, the number of golfers entering the sport are far outpacing the number of golf courses being developed. This is the case for Rhode Island as well. There is no doubt from these amassed statistics, that there will be a need for more golf courses in the future to provide additional golf destinations to the already existing overburdened golf courses in the region.

Simply making this statement is not enough. Significant monetary commitments are required in the development of a course; therefore an accurate assessment of demand, supply, market analysis, environmental and social elements must be closely examined to determine if a course would indeed be a profitable venture for Block Island.

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