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Slow Economy Hurting the Golfing Industry

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KENNEWICK, Wash-- It's a past-time that's on the decline. The slow economy is affecting golf courses across the country. In the U.S. golf courses have seen about a 15 percent decrease in revenue. 

The Pro at Canyon Lakes says they are seeing a decrease in monthly members and rounds of golf played. He says they have experienced a steady decline over the last four years and this year they might start going backwards, making less revenue than the year before. 

Golf courses in severe weather regions are being hit the hardest some golf courses in Northern Idaho may have to close their doors. 

Now this is because as food and gas are our first priority, many people do not have extra money for entertainment and that includes golfing.

"Times are tough and when you have to pick between entertainment and you know just basically groceries and family needs it kind of makes a big hit on what you're going to take a choice of and we've definitely noticed rounds and general business down for sure," said Matt Mandell, Pro at Canyon Lakes Golfcourse.

To get more golfers on the course Canyon Lakes is boosting their marketing efforts. They started an early promotion campaign making telephone calls and attending civic meetings.