First there was the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail. And Michigan’s Arthur Hills golf trail. And the Tennessee Golf Trail. And the Magnolia Golf Trail. And so on. it’s getting so you can’t hit a driver without hitting one.
Now Vietnam has topped them all with the Ho Chi Minh Golf Trail.
The idea, of course, is to attract international golfers to seven of that country’s top courses. But given the history, I find it hard to think of a more inappropriate name.
Oh wait. I can. How about a Bataan Golf trail, following the path taken by the prisoners of the Japanese in World War II. Or the Moscow Golf trail, tracing the retreat of Napoleon’s Grand Armee from Russia. Or perhaps the Andrew Jackson Golf Trail, following the path of the Cherokee Jackson forcibly moved from Georgia to Oklahoma.
Of course, the difference may be that Ho is a hero in Vietnam. But he’s also the man in whose name Vietnam suffered nearly thirty years of poverty, purges and human rights violations. And its only been in the last several years, as Vietnam is ABANDONING the communist system, that it’s beginning to show some progress.
Besides, I wonder what Ho would think. Golf is the bastion of evil capitalist warmongers. He fought for years to drive them out. And now Vietnam is inviting them back, begging for their dollars.
Ironic, isn’t it?