The surroundings have a bit of catching up to do.
I supposed the sight of a well manicured golf link in the middle of a Jungle is a beautiful sight for many. Man conquers nature for his pleasure, and brings the brighter shades of his landscaping art with him. Yes, some might say, a golf course is like a beautiful public park....preserving open spaces for future generations.
As an example, here we have a finished green with a fairway and approach that is still being worked on. Behind it up on the hill (through the trees) you can see a huge pile of dirt that will be seeded (or more likely "sodded") in the weeks ahead --- all part of this huge course that is still under construction, and will not be opened for full play until next year.
That's right, this course is still not on the maps, and there are no signs to the Club House...yet.
All told, it's just another ecological disaster perpetrated on the island of Okinawa by rich businessmen who could care less.
MANS PROGRESS AND DOMINION OVER NATURE
Only two years ago, this was all rainforest and jungle. Then, a company called MARINE FOREST RESORT decided that this would be an even better FOREST RESORT if they could somehow get in there and mow down the trees with bulldozers and chainsaws --- making room for 18 tees, fairways, greens, a bunch of sand traps, and a club house !!!
Ingenious ! After all, what good is a "FOREST RESORT" unless it's missing most of its trees !
Although there are almost 40 (forty) full-size golf courses in Okinawa Prefecture, why not one more ? And, so preservationists won't complain, let's say, "It's for the sake of our children !".
Therefor, this soon-to-be-opened, professional-size-and-length course will be ONLY FOR CHILDREN !
That's right --- only for kids. It is Okinawa's first pro-course-for-juveniles who aim to be the FUTURE WINNERS AND IDOLS in the world of professional golf.
Those families who have already paid in their membership fees in advance are allowed to practice and play on designated holes where the turf has sufficiently "taken", and are cleared for a minimum amount of play.
Of course, adults will still be able to play --- as long as they bring along one-or-more of their kids, and "teach them how to play golf" while they tag along with their own set of clubs.
Oh...and two more things :
(1) JAPANESE GANGSTERS AND YAKUZA TYPES --- KEEP OUT !!!
(2) FUNGICIDES, PESTICIDES, HERBICIDES, FERTILIZERS, SURFACTANTS --- WELCOME !!!
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