But no. They have a better idea in Farmville. Golf courses.
Southside leaders bet on tourismThe man is trying; give him credit for that.
Public golf courses, conference centers could boost business
BY Jamie C. Ruff, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
FARMVILLE Harlan Horton doesn't play golf very often, but he expects that to change with the opening of Poplar Hill Golf Club in Farmville next year.
Horton, an attorney, has worked on the project for six years and has watched it go from a dream to a sprawling public course expected to open by June 1.
"I can honestly tell you that the product -- the course and its features -- far exceed my wildest dreams," he said recently in an e-mail. "We are more than optimistic that this course will be a serious player in the world of destination golf courses on the East Coast."(link)
Before everyone gets all giddy with excitement - again - take into account the words "... could boost business ... " Meaning Harlan's golf course could just as easily not boost business. Just as Pulaski's attempt at boosting tourism by having the townsfolk wear native Polish costume didn't boost tourism. And just as the many tourism centers and hiking trails constructed in the area by Governor Warner and Congressman Boucher haven't drawn one tourist to the area or created one job (okay, there are two persons working at each tourist center so we've had a net increase of ten jobs, at a cost of millions). Some say Boucher's horseback riding trail has boosted business over in Scott County but I hear it has only contributed to the quantity of horse shit that he brought to the area with such a goofy notion.
With that having been said, there's this troubling bit of news to ponder in the article:
Even golf enthusiasts and supporters admit that nationally there has been a glut of new courses.Uh oh.
Do you think for a minute though that such negativism is going to prevent this tourist mecca in Farmville from being launched? Or cloud the thinking of those who insist that the thousands of manufacturing jobs that are leaving the area can be replaced by others that pay just as well since those tourists who are going to flock here to play golf, hike the trails, and caress our rocks, will all need their drive-through Big Macs? Hell no.
In a region where the golden tobacco leaf was once king, state and local leaders are looking to tourism to be the next major employer and are hoping that the greens of varied golf courses will propel the growth.It's a strategy all right. Captain Smith had a strategy too for evacuating the Titanic.
"Certainly tourism is a strategy to replace tobacco manufacturing and golf can be a big part of tourism," said Melinda Moran, Clarksville town manager.
For the love of God.
To borrow a quote: "What folly can be ranker. Like our shadows, our wishes lengthen as our sun declines."