Re:Originally about golf courses
Heres a quote of the excellent review done by Stephen Glenn to Reiner Knizia.
SG: Whose idea was the camel/desert theme? Where did that come from?
RK: That actually came from the publisher. The original working title for the game was 'Rockefeller'. I imagined it as an island where wealthy families had settled. My original subtitle to the game was 'Second to None.' Each individual family wanted to show that they had the best private golf courses, museums, houses, etc. That was my idea. The publisher came back and said that, from a marketing perspective, the camel/desert theme was more appropriate. I thought about it, decided it was something I could live with, and we went with it.
Its clear that the game wasnt going to be exclusively about golf. I would had preffer if the game was published with its original theme.