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Old 09-24-2015, 10:12 AM
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According to The National Golf Foundation, a Jupiter, Fla. consulting firm, Generation Y (18-34 year olds) played 6.4 million rounds of golf in 2014. This is one-third less than 20 years ago.

Does this mean that golf is "dying" in America? It sure sounds like it.
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Old 09-24-2015, 10:16 AM
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According to The National Golf Foundation, a Jupiter, Fla. consulting firm, Generation Y (18-34 year olds) played 6.4 million rounds of golf in 2014. This is one-third less than 20 years ago.

Does this mean that golf is "dying" in America? It sure sounds like it.
Not really. They'll take up the game in 21-37 years when they move to TV.
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Old 09-24-2015, 11:15 AM
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Not really. They'll take up the game in 21-37 years when they move to TV.
Golf may not be their activity choice in the future. They don't like walking slowly and prefer more aggressive action. Some think that "cycling is the new golf." Bicycling is favored by younger people. It is a fast growing sport. Maybe in the future they could convert some of the golf cart trails to bicycle paths!
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Old 09-24-2015, 11:32 AM
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I suspect it will ebb and flow over time. There is some evidence to support the idea that too many golf courses have been built in the US. This will sort itself out over time via the law of supply and demand. Golf Course communities (except for The Villages) may be the big losers over time as aging players stop playing and less younger players are available to pay the bills.

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According to The National Golf Foundation, a Jupiter, Fla. consulting firm, Generation Y (18-34 year olds) played 6.4 million rounds of golf in 2014. This is one-third less than 20 years ago.

Does this mean that golf is "dying" in America? It sure sounds like it.
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Old 09-24-2015, 11:40 AM
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Golf may not be their activity choice in the future. They don't like walking slowly and prefer more aggressive action. Some think that "cycling is the new golf." Bicycling is favored by younger people. It is a fast growing sport. Maybe in the future they could convert some of the golf cart trails to bicycle paths!
Anything's possible, but I wouldn't hold my breath. Did golf die when it was outlawed by the Scottish Parliament in 1457? (and again in 1471 and 1491)
Did golf die when Bobby Jones retired? Sports fads come and go, (remember ultimate Frisbee?), but golf has been around for 700 years, possibly 2000 years dating back to the Romans in "Britannia" I think generation Y will gravitate to a sport like golf as they age. Besides, if you read the cart path striping thread, it looks like all the cyclists will be killed off by the road hogs anyway.
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:07 PM
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I don't know what to think.
Arnold Palmer tried to change the characteristics of the golf ball so the courses didn't need to be so long. That failed.
In South Jersey, the Philly area it's expensive to play. My sons are ambitious engineers in that age group. They enjoy the game but don't have time to play.
I wonder if exec courses would be profitable elsewhere. We had two but they were poorly maintained and not well designed.
Golf is mostly for the wealthy and may fade.

This place, for exec golf is like a free buffet to me. I'm going to miss the twilight rates too.
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:26 PM
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....They'll take up the game in 21-37 years when they move to TV.
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Golf may not be their activity choice in the future. They don't like walking slowly and prefer more aggressive action. Some think that "cycling is the new golf." Bicycling is favored by younger people. It is a fast growing sport. Maybe in the future they could convert some of the golf cart trails to bicycle paths!
Cycling requires balancing skills, something a lot of elderly people don't have.
Golf is a perfect sport for retirees - people can golf into their 90s.
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:33 PM
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For many young people, golf is just too expensive. They can't afford houses, rents in major cities are out of sight and they've got student loans to pay off. Not every municipality offers public courses, and golf club memberships often require a hefty bond. I think it's really a matter of economics. Maybe when they reach their late 40s early 50s, it will be different.
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I wonder if a lot of the younger people who aren't playing golf because it's too slow will take up pickle ball when they retire. There's a lot less down time, and they seem to need to be moving constantly when engaged in a sport.
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:12 PM
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For many young people, golf is just too expensive. They can't afford houses, rents in major cities are out of sight and they've got student loans to pay off. Not every municipality offers public courses, and golf club memberships often require a hefty bond. I think it's really a matter of economics. Maybe when they reach their late 40s early 50s, it will be different.
applesoffth: That too is my opinion. the golf industry loved guys like TigerWoods and Phil Mickelson because parents all had a potential Tiger or Phil and so lessons, clothes, golf equipment membership to golf course followed until the recession hit one that to this day has not fully recovered let alone expanded. So while it is a difficult game and time consuming cost is the bigger factor.

Will it may a come back? Don't know but if it doesn't even places like The Villages could be affected because of direct competition for whatever sport/activity draws young generations
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