In the Hole

By: Erin Tate
By: Erin Tate

The pros behind Packsaddle Ridge Golf Club were banking on 20,000 rounds of golf this year. But demand there is down and now the club is hoping for at least half that business.

Jeff Forbes, whose father owns the course, says, "There's too many golf courses in our area. That's good for the golfers, but not for those building them."

With the market so below par, Packsaddle Ridge doesn't understand why the town of Elkton is even considering building its own golf course.

"Obviously we don't want the competition, but its hitting them in the face as it did the city of Harrisonburg," says Forbes.

Many in Harrisonburg are still upset about the hundreds of thousands of tax dollars the Heritage Oaks course is taking in.

Some in Elkton fear the same for their town. But the Elkton Park Authority says a fairway would be a phenomenal way to bring in the bucks. And the group says it can do it without costing the community a dime.

"If we do it the way we've got it set up now, no taxpayer's dollars will go into this venture," says Elkton Councilman Randell Snow.

By selling land around the proposed golf course first, the Park Authority says it can turn a profit for the town.

The town has already purchased more than 200 acres around the historic Kite house. Some say Elkton shouldn't be in the business of real estate, but Snow calls it "entreprenurial government" and says it's a way to keep taxes low.

The Park Authority has plans to buy this land from the town and designate it for a golf course or green space. It all depends if the economy and golf play go on the rise.

"No one on the park authority or town council will do anything to jeopardize the town," says Snow.

Snow says Elkton could be selling lots by the fall.


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