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    Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    I'm afraid this will be another industry that gets hit hard this upcoming season. I know that I'll have to keep the clubs in the garage more this year than in years past.

    This article is a little outdated (2/2/2009), but has some insight into the situation....

    http://www.usatoday.com/sports/golf/...industry_N.htm

    "Sixty percent of the country is closed to golf now," said Uihlein, noting this is winter season. "We don't know what will happen when the country reopens. … We're hoping for the best, planning for the worst, and intent on being ready when the uptick comes. This is not the best time to be introducing equipment."
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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    I'm hoping this will translate to lower membership fees at courses this year. It's time to decide where to buy the membership and price will be a huge factor this year for me. I won't be afraid to find out the price and then ask for a lower one on membership. Who can afford to lose members?


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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    You bring up a good point.... I'm guessing a majority of courses will offer some bargains this year, so it would probably be a good time to become a member somewhere if you can afford it.


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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    I'm starting back into golf again this year and would love to see some price drops in green fees!


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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    It's cheaper to be a member than pay for each round---if you play enough. Some courses around here though are WAY too proud of their course and want WAY too much money to just walk the course.


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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    I'm hoping this will translate to lower membership fees at courses this year. It's time to decide where to buy the membership and price will be a huge factor this year for me. I won't be afraid to find out the price and then ask for a lower one on membership. Who can afford to lose members?
    Me and a friend were just talking this weekend that we could join somewhere and talk them into letting us play just for the price of the beer we drank.



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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonecy View Post
    You bring up a good point.... I'm guessing a majority of courses will offer some bargains this year, so it would probably be a good time to become a member somewhere if you can afford it.
    I hope so. I am moving in a couple months to the Twin Cties and the price for memberships or single rounds that I have looked at is about double of what I paid the last couple of years.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jcats322 View Post
    Me and a friend were just talking this weekend that we could join somewhere and talk them into letting us play just for the price of the beer we drank.
    Good call.....either that or convince them to let you bring your own beer to pay green fees........it's probably a wash either way.


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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    I was actually planning on playing ALOT more this summer...

    Anybody know the membership rates out at Briarwood now that it's private? Anybody know the junior member rates?



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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    I wish golf hadn't gotten as popular as it has in the last 20 years. Courses are crowded and fees are up. I wouldn't mind it being a little more sparse, of course, I will be part of the sparseness.



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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    Quote Originally Posted by LindenCy View Post
    I wish golf hadn't gotten as popular as it has in the last 20 years. Courses are crowded and fees are up. I wouldn't mind it being a little more sparse, of course, I will be part of the sparseness.
    There are more courses though too. Golf being popular is a GREAT thing for it, to be honest. There are still plenty of times when the courses are pretty much wide open. Especially near dusk during weekdays. Any public course will be swamped on the weekends though. One of the benefits of joining somewhere I guess.



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    Many golf course's just scrape by in a good economy.


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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    Quote Originally Posted by dosry5 View Post
    I'm hoping this will translate to lower membership fees at courses this year. It's time to decide where to buy the membership and price will be a huge factor this year for me. I won't be afraid to find out the price and then ask for a lower one on membership. Who can afford to lose members?
    my club did that this winter already with $1500 initiation fees (they used to be $10K +).

    The said thing is a lot of places will just cut on the maintence budget and the quality golf courses will go down hill fast.



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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    My home course has a new policy this year. New members who are getting a membership and cart shed are getting about 50% knocked off the membership.

    Almost makes me wish I had not joined last year, but then what would I have done with the time I played 100+ rounds last year?



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    Re: Economic Impact On Golf Industry

    Quote Originally Posted by cybsball20 View Post
    I was actually planning on playing ALOT more this summer...

    Anybody know the membership rates out at Briarwood now that it's private? Anybody know the junior member rates?

    Did they really go private? I'm going to have to check with my buddy because his company had some type of deal with Briarwood where we use to get to play free (as in the company paid) out there all the time last year.

    I know that Hyperion has a special going on right now that lowered the upfront fee. Echo Valley got rid of their monthly food/beverage charge as well.

    I just took a demotion/pay cut to stay at my current employer so I will probably cut back the # of rounds I play this year. My son just turned 4 though and loves golf so we will be spending quality time together at the driving range together.



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