The 45-year-old golf course at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Ala., was called the Refuge. Coincidentally, that’s what it’s become: an empty, open wilderness, devoid of golf and almost anything else — left, at the moment, largely to the whims of nature.
In need of a peaceful golf vacation, Woodrow Wilson headed for tiny Pass Christian, Miss., in December 1913. The idyllic seaside town did what any peaceful haven would do during a presidential vacation: freaked out.
Pine Oaks Golf Course in Ocala, Fla., is a literal relic of segregation. How should we feel about the death of a course whose original purpose was to strong-arm the victims of white supremacy into buoying it?