Crestview chamber responds to Walton County golf tourney criticism

Published: Monday, March 25, 2013 at 10:45 AM.

Thomhave agreed that having the tournament in another county would hurt local businesses in Crestview, especially those that advertise with the golf course. The club pays a $450 membership fee per year to the chamber.

He said the course’s board of directors has approached him regarding the event's location, and club members are not pleased with the chamber's decision.

"We feel like we were left out in the cold," Thomhave said.

"In the past, when there was more than one golf course ─ who were chamber members ─ the golf clubs were able to bid for chamber events,” Thomhave said. He said he wished the chamber had approached Foxwood about it. 

"At the same time, this is a free country and they, as a business, can do what they want," Thomhave said.

Still, Sulipeck expressed concern that having the event in another county would hurt local businesses.

"Local restaurants will lose any possibility of catering the event," she said. "Businesses that advertise at Foxwood ... will not get the exposure for their advertising, and Crestview's only golf course loses business.

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