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State of Virginia Announces Golf Trail
Lieutenant Gov. Bill Bolling, Stafford County and the Virginia Tourism Corporation have announced the creation of the Virginia Golf Trail, a collaboration of the Commonwealth's public and private golf courses, hotels, wineries, restaurants, historic, cultural and recreational amenities that will be launched next spring.
"Tourism is big business in Virginia, contributing $19 billion to our economy every year and employing more than 210,000 people," said Bolling at a press conference at Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Stafford. "For years, people have come here to enjoy the many tourist attractions Virginia has to offer. Now, people from all across the country have another reason to come to Virginia, to enjoy the world-class Virginia Golf Trail.
"They can play 18 holes in the morning and tour a historical site, relax on the beach or take a hike in the mountains in the afternoon. The Virginia Golf Trail is a great addition to our state's tourism portfolio, and I have no doubt it will help boost our state's economy."
The trail's annual economic impact to Virginia could be worth $66.6 million and create 652 jobs, according to an economic and fiscal impact study conducted by Chmura Economics & Analytics.
Cannon Ridge Golf Club in Stafford will serve as the trail's home, with Gary Schaal, former president of the PGA of America and a leader in South Carolina's golf industry for 30 years, as president of the Virginia Golf Trail. Schaal is managing partner of Cannon Ridge.
"Virginia is a rarity among golf destinations, one that is rich with history and culture with offerings that stretch beyond its beauty and fairways…" Schall said.
"Stafford County is the proud home of three fine golf courses," added Mark Dudenhefer, chairman of the Stafford County Board of Supervisors. "We are delighted to support efforts to bring more attention to our golf and other recreational opportunities, and we are grateful for Gary Schaal's investment and Virginia's support in highlighting these important contributors to our economy."
The approximately 36 private and public courses that will be part of the trail will be divided into six zones. Officials have created a new website, www.VirginiaGolfTrail.com, but the portal is still under construction.