This May will mark a sad anniversary. It will have been five years since the McIntire Golf Course was closed.

Although some of the original layout is gone — due to the John Warner Parkway, which has made a mess of things at its intersection with the U.S. 250 Bypass — the course surely could have remained open with what was left.

Why was it shut down? To make way for a botanical park. Anyone seen it yet? You haven't, because the organizers don't have enough money.

This historic course should never have been closed until the earth-moving equipment showed up on site to transform the area into the dream of the few for a new Charlottesville amenity to show off to the world.

Robert H. Butler

Albemarle County

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