Demand for Golf Courses in Minnesota is Not up to Par

Updated: 08/11/2014 10:28 PM
Created: 08/11/2014 10:23 PM
By: Brad Sattin

Golf, anyone? More than 650,000 people play golf in Minnesota at least once a year.  But the number is dropping, and so is the number of golf courses.

Tom Ryan, Executive Director of the Minnesota Golf Association, says there are about 500 golf courses in Minnesota, but no new ones have been built in eight years, and 15 have actually closed in recent years. 

Golf saw its best years in the mid-1990s and early 2000s when more than 120 golf courses were built. But over saturation and an aging golfing population have hurt the sport. 

While more than 10,000 Minnesota students play high school golf, competition from other sports has also hurt. Still, Ryan believes the drop off has leveled off.

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