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Posted: Friday, June 13, 2014 11:46 am | Updated: 8:56 am, Wed Jul 30, 2014.

Let’s start thinking outside the box or “Tee” for The Ahwatukee Lakes Golf Course that Wilson Gee wants to sell to the Pulte Group.

Now is the time for major green-light brainstorming on how to make this “lemon” into lemonade or in terms of the popular book, “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” — we need to “Think Win-Win.” Which means a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term relationship than if only one person in the situation gets their way.

Since this is a “Green-Light” session ALL ideas are welcome to help uncover any and all potential solutions for the golf course’s future. Here are my two ideas to get the process started:

• Since Arizona State University has entered into a partnership with the Papago Golf Course why not approach them to see if they would have the same interest in The Lakes Golf Course? In the Arizona Republic on May 16 the Editorial Board was quoted: “Our View: Arizona State University and Phoenix both win with this deal.” This “Green-Light” idea warrants a meaningful dialog with ASU by all key “Lakes” stakeholders to see if it can develop into a strong partnership like was done with the Papago Golf Course.

• Since The Lakes Golf Course is a unique piece of property let’s advertise it nationally through prestigious groups like The Wall Street Journal, Sotheby’s International Realty, Forbes, The New York Times, various golf organizations like the National Golf Foundation or the National Golf Course Owners Association (who represents 7,200 courses) because The Lakes Golf Course is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I am confident there is a buyer somewhere who would like to own this property and maintain it as a golf course!

Now it is your turn — all ideas are welcomed as this is a “Green Light” brainstorming session. Please send all, and I mean ALL ideas to the Ahwatukee Foothills News with this subject heading — “My Green Light Idea.”

Together the “Lakes” can be saved!

• Jim Jochim, an Arizona State University alumni (MBA ’71), has been an Ahwatukee Foothills resident for more than 19 years.

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