Skip to comments.Caracas Golf Course: Confiscation On The Green
Posted on 09/03/2006 8:29:20 PM PDT by Kitten Festival
In Caracas, there are very few green spaces, other than the Avila mountain range, which ruffles the northern side of the vast Venezuelan capital city. The rest is pure urban concrete. Of those few green spaces, even fewer are safe enough to go to without needing a bodyguard or a bullet-proof automobile.
But there is one important exception - its in the municipality of Chacao, and its called the Country Club. I was there - and its not quite as elite as you might think. The Country Club is a private recreation club where any resident in the area can buy a membership and where even without a membership, everyone visits and socializes.
Its safe there, nobody gets mugged, and its like a privately financed neighborhood community center. It has an inexpensive restaurant, some tennis courts, and a little golf course.
Its not a real big establishment, and its no more luxurious than a nice San Diego mall in some place like Encinitas. Feathers has some interesting corollary thoughts about this here.
The 9000 people around Chacao who have memberships go there to play golf, providing employment to about 2,000 poorer people who have jobs there, in hospitality industry work like waiters or caddies. When I was in Caracas, the caddies said that business was down, due to all the people who were emigrating.
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