At any rate, it looks like the golf course is staying and it's going to get a facelift. I've never played a round of golf in my life but this place has been around forever. It holds a lot of sentimental value for a lot of people. For me, it's just this place we used to drive next to on our way to the lake.
If I remember correctly, the old lake road was this bumpy two-way strip that had the airport's chain link fence on one side and a low wood fence on the other. You had contrasting worlds separated by a road. My eyes usually settled on the grassy location with the occasional tree that acted as a road marker. As a kid I figured that this was where grown-ups hung out for recreation. If I was going to have any part of it, it was only going to be the view.
The old lake road started across the street from the Paul Young dealership on Saunders. I don't know if most of the road still exists since the public can now access Lake Casa Blanca through the loop. I would like to take a stroll down memory lane (no pun intended), if at all possible. If I took a trip on it, my mind could possibly conjure up images from the past.
So I guess in a way, I'm glad the old golf course is staying. It's existence gives me some reference to my younger days. But now the hard part comes. Webb County officials have the task of dealing with this troublesome property. Money, of course, is going to be an issue. But if done right, it can be an asset to the county and the community. At least, that's what the developers are saying.
Commissioner Jerry Garza voiced his concern at last week's meeting:
I don't want this to be a money pit -- that we do $700,000 for something that we're going to take a huge gamble on.