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Michaela Finn, of Sweden, tees off the 17th hole during the first round of the Augusta National Women's Amateur golf tournament at Champions Retreat in Evans, Georgia, on April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Michaela Finn of Sweden tees off the 17th hole during the first round of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur golf tournament at Champions Retreat in Evans, Georgia, on April 3, 2019. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

A federal appeals court decision allowing owners of a private golf club to claim a $10 million tax deduction for preserving adjacent land from development never mentions the coronavirus pandemic. But the details over whether a conservation easement at the Champions Retreat golf community near Augusta sufficiently protected “a relatively natural habitat of fish, wildlife, or plants” read like a legal walk in the woods that could, temporarily, stave off a case of quarantine-induced stir-craziness.

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Jonathan Ringel

Jonathan Ringel is managing editor of the Daily Report, the ALM newspaper in Atlanta. He can be reached at jringel@alm.com. Twitter: @jonathanringel

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