In a recent artcle posted on BuilderOnLine.com, Fore!, Say Builders Active in Golf Communities, John Caulfield reported that… “the majority of people who buy homes on or near courses don’t play golf”. This results in the interests and demands for golf property being not for the conveniences of having a golf course close by to play, but for its nice manicured landscape maintained at no cost to the property owner. This is really not helping the golf course pay the costs..sometimes in the millions of dollars..to keep their view impeccable.
Tough Problem to Solve
The question now becomes..can the struggling golf courses afford to pay to the high costs associated to the high quality of golf courses maintenance for people to just look at the golf course but not pay to play the golf course?
It really is a shame to know many golf courses are still going bankrupt but the property owners who enjoy what the golf course presents have no interest in helping them pay for the view they get. I wonder how much the non-golfing property owners would pay to not have an apartment building built in their backyard?
I am not sure what the answer is to this issue. It sure is a real one and I know for each golf course that closes because of the poor golf economy many thousands of jobs go with it and even more Golfers leave the game because they do not have a place to play.
Hope there is a solution found soon. Do you have one to offer?