This time of year, golf courses are normally in pristine condition, especially in Florida and other warm climate areas. This particular one, however, has failed and its future is uncertain. “It happens over time” can be appropriately applied to this one when routine maintenance and repair monies are not available. I met a resident of this community who shared horror stories about vandalism and how feral pigs have become a problem so huge that hunters with bows and arrows hunt them in order to keep the population under control. Homeowners have taken upon themselves to mow sections of the golf course property which adjoins their once golf front properties. Homes listed for sale in the community are not selling because of the uncertainty of the golf club and golf course. Who knows what will happen to this property but it’s a sad situation.
Photographing old and abandoned facilities is one of the most interesting, and frightening, things I have done recently. This photograph was taken last Sunday at an abandoned public golf course in Sarasota, FL. What could I possibly come up with that would fit one of our themes? There were plenty of lost and forgotten items, but that was a theme from last year, so I kept thinking. After photographing the inside of the clubhouse, I went down to the golf cart storage area but, again, found nothing that fit a theme. As I walked out of the storage area, and ventured towards the golf course, I started walking down the golf cart path which at one time wound through a beautiful, lush golf course and I found something suitable for the Paths And/or Trails theme. It was just a short walk down the golf cart path when I came upon one of the signs directing golfers to the clubhouse. When I returned home and began processing my photos, I decided to fade it and try a tutorial to make it appear to have been older, crumpled and discarded before being placed in an old photo album. The tutorial was a fun experience. Later, while researching the golf course on the Internet, I saw a couple of photos of large alligators walking across the golf course and it was only then that I became really, really scared. What in the world was I thinking by walking alone on that overgrown golf cart path surrounded by lakes and thick, overgrown vegetation taller than my head? Crazy! Both photos are below.