The secret behind golf’s decline

A few months ago, we noodled here on the notion that golf is in a state of decline. Memorial Day weekend is a good time to test out the various theories.

Getting a tee time? No problem. Even at the last minute (Note: I play county courses). The twosome we were to be paired with? They never showed up. Somewhere around the 5th hole at The Ponds at Battle Creek, the extent of golf’s demise became apparent: Its success depends on one’s inability to remember just how infuriating an afternoon of relaxation can be.

Your News Cut host loves golf, although there’s a limit to the depths of any romance.

  • http://www.skyseastone.net/jvstin/ Paul

    I am and always have been of the same opinion as Mark

    Twain on the sport of golf:

    “Golf is a good walk, spoiled.”

  • Bob Collins

    My favorite has always been, “a bad day of golf is still better than a good day at work.”

  • a

    the 5th grader says, ” I can hit 210 yards, ( did you hit into the forest. hmmmmmm….?

  • Norman Madrigali

    Four factors stand out in less golf play: 1) There are far fewer senior citizens playing golf in this day and age compared to the 1980′s and much of the 1990′s, 2) Equipment and greens fees have skyrocketed, especially after the early 1990′s, 3) Overconstruction of golf courses, and in virtually each case these courses are far too difficult for the average recreational golfer, 4) A lack of interest in taking the sport up by the youth of today that seems more interested in computer games.