Golf Courses

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One comment on “Golf Courses

  1. Robert Kravitz on said:

    Golf Course Development

    While David Hueber, who is a former president of the National Golf Association not the current head, did say that golf course development in the U.S. is in “Code Blue” status, he added that to resuscitate the golf industry, it must transfer to, what he called, “Code Green” status. He defined this as “the redevelopment of ….sustainable golf courses,” as was discussed in Ms. Pickett’s article, particularly as it refers to water conservation and efficiency.

    However, it should be noted that there are other reasons golf course development has slowed in the U.S. One is costs. According to Tom Fazio, one of the games preeminent golf course architects, the costs per hole to build a golf course have gone from $20,000 to $30,000 per hole in the 1960s, to as much as $400,000 a hole today.

    Further, according to Greg Natham, National Golf Foundation (NGF), currently in the U.S., there is actually an oversupply of golf courses. Reasons for this are over development of courses in more affluent economic times as well as a reduction of the number of people that golf.

    According to the NGF, the percentage of the overall population that played golf declined over the past 20 years. In 1990, the percentage of the population that played golf was 12.1%, by 2000 it was 11.1% and by 2008 it was down to 10.2%. During the first nine years of the 2000 to 2010 decade, rounds played were down 5.7% or nearly 30 million, from 518.4 million rounds played in 2001, to 489.1 million rounds played in 2008.

    The result: instead of developing more golf courses, it is believed that over 800 have closed since 2000.

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