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Settlement Reached in Tiger Wood's Golf Course Dispute

By Jason Beahm on September 24, 2010 12:29 PM

The Cliffs at High Carolina can get back to the business of creating Tiger Wood's first US golf course. The developers of Tiger Wood's golf course have agreed to reduce the environmental impact that the course would have on local trout streams after complaints were raised by environmental groups. The Southern Environmental Law Center, Western North Carolina Alliance and Trout Unlimited all opposed the original design and challenged the permits issued to the developers by the North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

In the end, the developers agreed to reduce the planned impact in the golf course dispute by nearly 50%. The Associated Press couldn't help but take a swipe at Woods, who has had a tumultuous year, writing: "Chalk up one victory for Tiger Woods this year." I suppose you could actually call it a backhanded compliment. 

Woods has had a difficult time getting his career back on track after details of his affairs surfaced and he went through a multi-million dollar divorce. The golfer said in a statement that new course is slightly shorter and some of the walks are longer, but that does not impact his vision for the course: a walkable, mountain course with breathtaking views. "High Carolina remains a truly amazing golf course," Woods said.

It's an interesting case that demonstrates the challenges of balancing capitalism with environmental concerns. Jim Anthony, CEO of The Cliffs Communities, said he was frustrated with the recent environmental challenges because he thought that the company had sufficiently covered such issues prior to beginning construction. The Cliffs had worked with North Carolina state and local agencies in order to limit environmental impacts.

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