County Can't Afford Another Golf Course
Golf is in a slump. The equipment manufacturers know it. Golf associations know it. The Carolina Golf Association (CGA) has been losing member clubs at a net rate of two per year. Its player membership has declined 12.5 percent in 10 years. The National Golf Federation reports its numbers declined steadily for the past three years. In 2010, the number of U.S. golfers declined another 3.6 percent.
The failed and failing Moore County golf courses know golf is in a long-term slump. The Pit: closed. Foxfire and Whispering Pines: facing foreclosure. Courses in neighboring counties: struggling. Some may simply close.
The Moore County Board of Commissioners know golf is in a slump. More importantly, they hopefully understand that Moore County needs more golf courses now like a drowning man needs a cinder block. We implore the the commissioners to recall that Moore County golf is slumping — with no end in sight — when they evaluate the countless other factual reasons not to approve the proposed Pine Forest development.
The project must not go forward. Smart industries don’t add capacity when their industry is in a slump. The last thing that Moore County needs now are two more golf courses (and the health and business risks these particular golf courses carry with them).
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