I don’t think it is just Scottsdale, AZ feeling the slowdown of golf. The entire world of golf is feeling a slowdown. The Business Golf Country Club is dedicated to doing something about it.
Courtesy of Peter Corbett – Jun. 21, 2010 01:41 PM
The Arizona Republic
Craving a round of golf after watching the U.S. Open from Pebble Beach in California?
Scottsdale golf operators are standing by, hoping players will hit the links, so they can overcome a business slowdown.
Golf rounds at city-affiliated courses in Scottsdale were down 7.5 percent in 2009 from the previous year.
Play has picked up this year at three of the four Scottsdale courses but an economic divot in the golf business is putting downward pressure on greens fees, local operators say.
That is good news for golfers’ wallets.
“It gives the shopper the advantage right now,” Ed Gowan, Arizona Golf Association executive director, said earlier this week on his way to the U.S. Open in California.
The problem is too many courses and not enough players.
“If you were to remove 15 percent of our golf courses, people would be doing very well,” Gowan said.
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