This summer from July 29 to August 2, Hells Angels Motorcycle Club is coming to Clemson for their national gathering. It will be a time for them to ride in, have their annual meeting and get together. The local Hells Angels Club wanted to show off the Upstate area of South Carolina and were the ones who approached the tourism office back in 2016.
An estimated 600 to 700 members is the count that could show up. Local businesses are excited about the influx of revenue with such a large group. Clemson is slowing during the summer months with most students going home for summer vacation. It is estimated that the economic impact will be $1.2 million.
Kade Herrick, tourism director for the Clemson Area Chamber of Commerce, reached out to past host officials to find out how similar events went. Herrick was pleased to find out that although the justice department classifies Hells Angels as an “outlaw motorcycle gang” the Camden County Sherriff’s Office in Missouri said that outside of traffic issues from that many motorcycles, they did not have any problems with the group. The Sherriff did state that they reach out to the president of the chapter and go over law enforcement guidelines.
The group is not coming to “raise hell,” they are bringing their families with them and having a large family reunion of sorts. They will meet other brothers and families, socialize and enjoy riding through the beautiful countryside that is South Carolina.
Herrick has also stated that the Visit Clemson tourism department is working to promote the Upstate as a “great motorcycle destination” due to the mountains within a short ride and their winding roads. Motorcyclists love winding roads and beautiful scenery.
Three years of ramp-up has led to the anticipated opening of the Texas-based TopGolf facility. There will be a 55,000 square foot main building and a 215-foot driving range. In addition to working on your Golf swing, there will be food and beverages including wine and beer. There will be three stories with restaurants and bars on every floor, open patios and gaming areas.
They will have instructors available for those who want to improve their golf game. TopGolf’s goal is to broaden the interest in the game of golf. With the recent comeback of Tiger Woods at the Master’s recently, there may be an upsurge of interest in golf. What a perfect time to get going.
In additional, TopGolf is hiring so they will be adding jobs to the area. Also, the site’s developer has mentioned hotels, restaurants and a dinner theater may be coming to the site. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the opening date.
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