Driving I-40 in Raleigh the other day I noticed some brown fields and gently rolling terrain visible through the leafless trees and pines. I had an AH HA moment when I realized it was the new NCSU golf course . It got me thinking. We take forested, undeveloped public land in the heart of one of the biggest urban areas of the state and turn it into a golf course run by the state. At the same time we are taking millions of tax dollars and buying open space to preserve it from development (like golf courses). Is anyone else confused by this paradox?