Golf is Dying

by JT McGee

horse racingSome recent headlines have caught my attention:

I both love and hate golf. I love the business of it; I find it fascinating. (You have to be really good with your inventory!) And I enjoy the struggle at the local par 3, on which I often lose at least 2 balls to a single lake. Champ. Truthfully, I think I enjoy most the idea that I’m forced to walk a couple miles in between the shots from hole 1 to 18.

But it seems like golf is joining the ranks of horse racing as a sport that’s growing smaller with every new obituary. I’ll miss horse racing much more than golf, though.

P.S. A special someone appears in the third article. Poor ol’ Chip Brewer — can’t catch a break.

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Mark July 23, 2014 at 08:43

I’m with you on the love/hate golf relationship! Great to get out with some friends but so frustrating losing balls. Anyway, I wouldn’t mind if the courses around Boston became a little less crowded!

P.S. Just signed up for Dec L1. Keep in touch.


JT McGee July 25, 2014 at 09:09

I haven’t seen a crowded golf course in a long time. But I live in a place with plenty of sprawling, open fields. So we’ve got a ton of golf courses per capita, relative to other places.

Good luck to you on L1. I’ll be following suit, probably, here soon.


The Wallet Doctor July 23, 2014 at 20:59

Golf is a game that has a special place in the world. I don’t think it will ever terminate permanently, but I think its not in the public eye and mind the way it once was.


JT McGee July 25, 2014 at 09:08

Problem is there’s a lot of operating leverage with golf courses. A ~10% swing in revenue pretty much kills profitability.

I’m sure the elite golfing will always exist. PGA kills it on TV with $100K+ earners, which is the best demo for ad rates, etc.


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