As newcomers to the state of Utah, my wife and I did not look at the availability or the affordability of golf courses in the state as a primary reason to relocate here. We had played golf at several Utah courses in previous years and knew that the courses of the state were first class and reasonable, particularly as it related to the cost for senior citizens to play.
What a shock it was after moving here to find the elitist, arrogant attitude that prevails among the young golf professionals and managers of many of the Utah golf courses around the state; they seem to say, "pay the price and shut up or just go someplace else." Such an attitude may be fostered by the actions of the Salt Lake mayor, who obviously isn't concerned too much about the senior citizen constituency of golfers. Unfortunately, to many of us who have retired on very limited, fixed incomes, we do just that; we shut up and quit playing golf.The popularity of golf and the support of golf courses in the three or four decades following World War II wasn't brought about entirely by the likes of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus. It occurred because many of us "seniors" spent a good deal of time and money promoting the game and enjoying it when we could. Now that the sport has such a large following the tendency around here seems to be to try and get the "old folks" out of the way one way or another and exploit the dickens out of the public courses.
Perhaps it would be practical for someone to study a different statistic than those shown in your article in Saturday's paper and determine the time of day when the decline in rounds of golf played occurred. If the reduced play happens during the working hours of weekdays, it would be safe to assume that the disgruntled "senior" who stayed away because of fee increases is the probable cause.
The losers in the long run will be the general public when there are no "seniors" to support the idle time at the golf course.
Richard A. Barnes