Wednesday, September 27

How a Former Polluted Dump Is Hosting the Presidents Cup

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ADAM SCHUPAK WROTE IN THE NEW YORK TIMES how Liberty National Golf Club, with its one-of-a-kind views and skyline, came to be:
When [Tom] Kite visited the raw, 160-acre site for the first time a month later, his jaw dropped at the iconic views in the distance. But behind him stood a string of grimy refineries belonging to oil companies interested in exiting their polluted grounds. For a time during World War II, the land was used as an ammunition dump. One storage warehouse had been property of the Gambino crime family. 
"It was the most despicable piece of property you’ve ever seen," Kite said. "Bob later said that every travesty known to man took place on that site."
It is here where the architects built Liberty National Golf Club, an engineering marvel and one of the most expensive golf courses ever built. The property that once oozed with chemical sludge and toxic waste this week will host to the Presidents Cup, the biennial competition between 12-man teams from the United States and the rest of the world outside of Europe.
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