Golf News in Clarksville

Clarksville, population 1,400, may be seeing big changes in the next few years. The small town in southeast Virginia may be getting a new championship-caliber course. In addition, the local Kinderton Country Club, a Donald Ross-designed course, is up for sale. Kinderton is being sold by its long-time owner, Burlington Industries, in an effort to raise cash for the financially strapped textile company.

Clarksville officials have been somewhat mum about both projects. The town recently acquired a 633-acre tract next to Occoneechee State Park. It plans to form a partnership with Chase City and Mecklenburg County to build a 265-acre industrial park. That leaves considerable acreage for a golf course. Town Manager Melinda Moran has been in discussions with an unidentified private developer about the golf project. Moran hasn’t released any names, terming the negotiations “very preliminary.”

As for Kinderton Country Club, at least two golf management companies have expressed an interest in buying it. Though having a $1 million tax value, the semiprivate 18-hole course was appraised at $2.25 million. Besides the private suitors, the members may be in the process of making an offer. For that to happen the members will be assessed between $2,000 and $2,500 apiece for a down payment, with the remainder of the purchase financed.

The upshot in all these developments is that the small town of Clarksville may soon have 36 holes of golf, with the course next to the park possibly being part of a new Virginia golf trail.

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