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A bold vision to bring golf to Central Park

Does Central Park need a golf course? Two entrepreneurs’ course development plan is gaining momentum leading up to a citywide vote to approve.

Released on 9/26/2017

Credits

Director: Adam Sacks
Writer: Zack Phillips

Transcript

00:01
Manhattan is an island of 1.6 million people.
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So by current statistics, that's 112,000 golfers.
00:10
That's over a hundred thousand golfers
00:12
with no golf course in the city to play on.
00:15
Which is why we want to build a golf course,
00:18
in Central Park.
00:20
With your help, all of this can become Manhattan Links.
00:24
This is Manhattan Links Headquarters.
00:25
Jason and I met working at the same Hedge Fund.
00:28
But our passion is golf.
00:33
The idea for Manhattan Links came to me
00:34
when I realized there's 800 acres of open space
00:37
in the middle of Manhattan, and it's not being used.
00:41
But what if we turn this open space into a major
00:45
championship worthy 36 hole golf oasis.
00:50
When Jason first told me his idea, I was like,
00:52
that is amazing.
00:54
I'm in.
00:55
We've done a lot of work on this, and with just a few
00:57
permits and the approval of New York's Proposition 29
01:01
this fall, we can make this a reality.
01:04
The first step was, we commissioned Ron Whidden,
01:06
co-designer of this year's US Open course, to draw up
01:09
the routing for our 36 holes.
01:11
The playgrounds and the ball fields are gone.
01:14
They allowed me to use whatever land I wanted to.
01:17
The monuments are gonna be moved over to Grant's Tomb.
01:20
People can ignore 'em over there just as easily
01:22
as over Central Park.
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An empty field becomes a fairway.
01:27
An unused oval becomes an aqua driving range.
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And trees become more fairway.
01:34
And what's so cool about Manhattan Links,
01:36
is that it's a multiuse urban space.
01:39
A premium golf course during the day, and a
01:41
picnic destination at night.
01:43
We got so much positive feedback.
01:45
Everyone from hedge fund managers to corporate executives.
01:50
And we're giving back to the community.
01:51
Our Partners on the Green program gives underprivileged kids
01:54
a free day on the course to caddy for some
01:56
of the richest golfers in Manhattan.
01:59
Central Park hasn't changed since 1870.
02:02
If I told you the subway hadn't changed in 150 years,
02:06
you'd say that's insane.
02:07
So why do we accept it with our parks?
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It's time to modernize.
02:10
Let's finally make Central Park a place where
02:12
people go to have fun.
02:14
Let's vote yes on Proposition 29.
02:17
I'm voting yes on Proposition 29.
02:19
I'm voting yes on Proposition 29.
02:22
This is the dumbest idea I have ever heard.
02:26
Fortunately, he's not the mayor anymore.
02:28
So vote yes.
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And join us
02:31
at Manhattan Links. at Manhattan Links.
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