The city tells us that using tax payer money to facilitate building a “destination resort” will bring tourists to El Paso and make money for us.
We heard the same line when the city’s airport decided to build a golf course designed by a world class course designer.
I have yet to hear of anyone that has come to El Paso to use the course.
According to this article in the El Paso Times we about one million dollars each year operating the course.
Maybe they will build another one.
We deserve better
The Times article says:
“We believe the (Painted Dunes) losses are attributed to the decrease in golfers over the past four years that is consistent with national trends,” El Paso Water’s Montoya said.”
They did not know . . . or ASK or imagine . . . that the golfers from the 1950’s and 1960’s are all getting PRETTY OLD . . and dying off and the tattooed and pierced eye brow and the pierced lipped teenagers and young adults are NOT GOLFERS !
The new generations are not interested in golf whatsoever. It was their grandfather’s game.
This golf game will continue to decline.
Shoes with tassels are also in decline.
Golf is not a poor man’s sport.
Most of El Paso lives at the poverty line. 2-3 adults working at about minimum wage just to get by.
(Or retirement wages. . .)
2 and 3 FAMILIES living in houses that were added onto and added onto and . . . even 2nd stories built onto houses to accommodate 3 families in one house. THAT’s HOW they make it here.
Tourist: “Oh, look honey, they must have a LOT of money in El Paso, just look at how big those houses are.”
(Well, there are 3 families in there. . . .)
I suppose the CITY could attract MORE Golfers. . . but the population is NOT “picking up golf” as a sport or leisure time activity.
As the Property Taxes get higher and Higher . . . and HIGHER . . . we will all . . . have less . . and Less . . . and LESS disposable income.
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On a more positive note, if it ever becomes necessary to execute old white people on an industrial scale we know where to find them. There’s always a silver lining.
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I could never understand golf. “Par” means “average.” Right? So here’s a game where only about 3% of its players ever attain par. Very discouraging to play the game for me. Give me something I can win at.
El Pasoans really REALLY . . . Like Parks.
Many times filled to over-capacity.
That’s how they can use those golf courses.
Parks with decent restrooms and a club house for drinks and food.
They like parks where they can drink beer and leave their trash for someone else to clean up.
I’d be more positive about El Paso as a destination city if I hadn’t heard city leaders promise for over 20 years that whatever boondoggle they were increasing taxes for would either bring businesses or tourists to El Paso. It appears we have now given up on the concept of attracting large employers and are now focusing on attractions and tourism. Remember, that when the Pope came to Juarez, we didn’t sell out of hotel rooms—that says a lot about how people feel about visiting here. Dee Margo is at a Mayor’s conference amazed how many folks don’t know about El Paso. How much money have spent supposedly promoting El Paso (but really only participating in feel good contests and agenda based article placements that obviously don’t raise awareness of El Paso in the rest of the country)? Remember when the ballpark was going to put us on the map?
You heard the same thing about the ballpark. Follow the money. It’s always about the money.
When the trollies start running, people are going to flock to El Paso from all over the world.