“Golf Club for the 1 Percent Wants to Seize a Migratory Bird Habitat”

“The golf course in Jersey City, N.J., says it needs the land to compete for tournaments. A birder counters, “It’s really just an obscenity.””

“JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The snowy owl was first spotted just beyond the 18th hole of one of the most expensive golf courses ever built.

The bird was resting on a sandy beach filled with seashells and driftwood at the edge of Liberty State Park. Waves lapped the New Jersey shoreline of the Hudson River as birders with binoculars stood in awe two years ago.

Nearby, behind a tall black fence, were the willow-lined fairways of Liberty National, an exclusive private golf course where luminaries like Tiger Woods and Brooks Koepka have played, and where the original initiation fee for members was about half a million dollars.”

Tracey Tully reports for the New York Times January 9, 2020.