The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 5

ODDS AND
YEAR ENDS

Course closures can be mythbusting
By Stuart Lindsay

A

nother year has flown by and I get my annual sense of
"Deja Moo" - you know, the feeling that you've smelled
this S&%t before. Part of what Jim Koppenhaver and
I do to prepare our annual State of the Industry presentation
is update some of the old smells and see if there are some new
fragrances in the golf industry.
As part of a project we're doing, I had to go look up "course
closures" in a particular state and major metro area. I must be
a card carrying member of the curiosity club because I think
I opened Pandora's box. Also, I saw some interesting statistics
float by on the internet saying that about 270 courses closed in
2017 and something like 3,300 courses are currently operating
within the confines of "bankruptcy protection."
These statistics will require some additional research, but
they indicate course closures are up by about 50% over 2016
and almost 20% of all the courses in the US have had big
enough financial problems to land themselves in Chapter 11.
I started some of the research by digging into the data we have
in the IGDB golf course database (IGDB is a consortium of

Pellucid, Apparation, Never-Search and Golf Course Ranking).
For several years, Jim has included data on course closures in
the SOI. We started adding it because many industry sources
were generally dismissing the closures as "older and obsolete."
As Jim has shown, it isn't only "bunny slopes" that are closing.
Based on the digging I did for this article, we will probably
expand our coverage for this year's SOI - in short, the data is
both suprising and may even be enlightening. Let's start with a
few basic stats:
* The average age of a golf course in the US is about 48.8
years and the median is 56 years (half older and half
younger).
* 70.1% have 18 or more holes and 29.1% have fewer
than 18 with the vast majority of those being 9 hole
facilities.
* We verified 2,179 course closures in the US including
data from before 1900 - about 13.1% of the facilities
included in IGDB.
* 80.5% of those closures have taken place since 2005.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017

TOC
USGA slips bonds of reality with latest thinking on ball regulations
Course closures can be mythbusting
Storied desert club charts new course
November golf weather impact: Double-digit drop, year sags slightly
Atlanta golf market conditions far from peachy
Shark Experience unlikely to break golf ’s chains
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - TOC
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - USGA slips bonds of reality with latest thinking on ball regulations
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 3
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 4
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - Course closures can be mythbusting
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 6
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - Storied desert club charts new course
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 8
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 9
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - November golf weather impact: Double-digit drop, year sags slightly
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 11
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 12
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - Atlanta golf market conditions far from peachy
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 14
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - 15
The Pellucid Perspective - December 2017 - Shark Experience unlikely to break golf ’s chains
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