For golf, it was another year, as an industry, in which they hit the middle.
The courses were as busy again this year as they were in any other year. Last season they were very successful because it was one of the only sporting activities I could participate in, and this year it has remained.
“Most golf courses are 85 percent or more busy,” said Golf Saskatchewan CEO and CEO Brian Lee.
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A big measure of the popularity of your sport is how many young people are playing it. For golf, it was another great year for young players hitting links, and rookies as well.
“If they go out and play three rounds, they’re usually hooked for life,” says Lee. “That is something that our sport can always maintain or hopefully maintain, is that young people continue to play and that almost becomes a family legacy to play.”
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With popularity comes income. Although no new course “builds” are announced yet, the courses are taking that revenue and investing it in their business to enhance the course and clubhouse experience.
“The golf courses are investing. Like Rosthern. You have the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club, ”says Scott Allan of Saskgolfer.com. “A beautiful new restaurant inside. A backyard. You go to just about any facility, including Dakota Dunes, there will be something golfers will say, ‘ok, this wasn’t here last year!’ So the golf course at least makes it more fun and attractive. “
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