Who needs a golf course?
Published by TheReporter.com
Posted: 05/06/2012 01:02:54 AM PDT
I read with interest and amusement the letter regarding development of Lagoon Valley (“Still opposed to Lagoon project,” May 1). The editor’s note indicated that the city of Vacaville and the developer agreed to swap 49 acres of hillside land intended for a future golf course for 80 acres of open space land.
A golf course?
Is our City Council aware that Solano and Napa counties are oversaturated with golf courses and that most, if not all, have experienced an annual decline in rounds of golf just about every year for the past four or five years? Many have experienced a 10 percent to 30 percent decline in rounds of golf and are operating in the red.
I know this because, as part of my job, I am responsible for managing the Napa Golf Course at Kennedy Park. Napa’s experience is not unique, but similar to just about all golf courses in the surrounding area, state and nation.
The problems with the current state of the golf industry are simple to comprehend but difficult to resolve. National statistics clearly show that fewer golfers are playing now, compared to five years ago.
Even fewer new golfers (junior golfers) are picking up the sport, which will result in even fewer golfers playing in the future. Nationally and locally, more golf courses are closing than being built. This trend started four years ago and continues today.
When was the last new golf course built in our area? Many years ago.
Economically, golf course operators have had to drop rates to attract new golfers.
Many also have had to resort to gimmicks: free breakfast, buy one round of golf and get the second free, pay the regular rate and get a free sleeve of golf balls, etc.
There is a finite number of golfers playing the sport and that number is diminishing.
The vast majority of golf courses are operating in the red. It’s even worse for publicly owned and operated municipal golf courses.
Many city councils have had to decide to subsidize their golf courses with general fund money while at the same time cutting staff and public services.
There has been an ongoing decline in golfers since the recession started around 2007.
For some golf courses to survive, others must fail. It’s rather simple math.
Neither the city of Vacaville nor Solano County needs another golf course. If anything, one, two or three golf courses in the area need to go out of business so the remaining courses can survive. I have little doubt that a new golf course built in Lagoon Valley will put local courses such as Green Tree, Paradise Valley and Rancho Solano in grave danger of going out of business
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