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|While golf courses like the Old Course at St. Andrews show that Scotland has tradition, the country needs to embrace investors, says a WorldGolf.com reader. (Courtesy St Andrews Links Trust)|
In response to the WorldGolf.com newsletter story "Good on Scotland for turning away Donald Trump's golf resort and swanky housing," I am sorry to read such a parochial report on this development. I do not have any real interest in this story, but it is remarkable to me that someone wishing to invest in should receive such hostility.
By all means, if the proposal cannot meet planning requirements, then quite rightly the plan should be withdrawn, but the gloating tone and self-righteous comments do nobody any credit whatsoever. This is not a matter of life or death, yet to some it seems even more than that was at stake. I despair at the inward looking attitude we Scot's display at times.
Investors should be welcomed to Scotland and accommodated if possible. If we cannot, as in this case for planning regulations, then we do so as civilized people and not as an angry mob bent on revenge. Unfortunately the tone of this article and subsequent comments suggest how far we still have to go.
December 10, 2007
William K. Wolfrum keeps one eye on the PGA Tour and another watching golf vacation hotspots and letting travelers in on the best place to vacation. You can follow him on Twitter @Wolfrum.
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