Sunday, June 8, 2008

Welcome, Arnie!

Talk about unmitigated gall!

What does Balsam Mountain Preserve do on the one-year anniversary of the Golf Course Dam Break? They drag in Arnold Palmer (I think it's accurate to refer to him as "unindicted co-conspirator") to impart his blessings on the course that he purportedly designed.

If you don't believe me, the story is in today's Asheville Citizen-Times. Here's what good ol' unindicted co-conspirator Arnie had to say about carving his monstrosity into the headwaters of Scotts Creek.

"There are so many obstacles with this type of terrain," said Palmer. "This property was probably the most difficult to get started that we've ever encountered, but I think the end result is phenomenal. All the guys did an incredible job to create a course that is relatively flat, with a few exceptions.

"We encountered less rock than expected or it would have taken us another year, but we moved a lot of dirt."

Yeah, you "moved a lot of dirt" alright. Moved it real fast. Moved it into Scotts Creek and the Tuckasegee...all the way to Fontana Lake.

It is too bad that Arnie, the unindicted co-conspirator, didn't stop by to talk with some of the folks who live downstream from his pride and joy.

He might have learned something about golf course design.

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