In all the well-deserved praises that have been heaped on the Chambers Bay golf course, the U.S. Amateur championship and the many volunteers who made it a success, no mention has been made of the people who made it all happen.
I am speaking of John Ladenberg, our former county executive, and other county officials who, in the face of much criticism and resistance, had the foresight and courage to stick to their guns.
The property could have easily been zoned for high-end homes, condos and supporting businesses benefiting a few and generating substantial tax income to the county. Yet in spite of this enticing prospect, they built this wonderful facility for the benefit of all county residents. It is off to a great start and will only get better in the future.