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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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