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Tri-Cities Golf Courses are Steady Compared to the Nation

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Tri-Cities golf courses are not affected by the national trend. Tri-Cities golf courses are not affected by the national trend.
KENNEWICK, WA- Golf courses in the Tri-Cities have been doing better than most golf courses around the nation.

Many courses have closed due to low membership, but that has not been the case for golf courses in the Tri-Cities.  President of Canyon Lakes Mike Lundgren has seen the trend and how it might affect his course.

“I'm worried about it because we're tracking the numbers all across the nation and in the Tri-Cities, and we're seeing fewer and fewer golfers,” said Lundgren.

According to the National Golf Foundation, golf courses have closed more courses than opened new ones for the eighth year straight.  In 2013, 157 courses closed throughout the United States, but that trend has not affected the Tri-Cities.

“Our rounds of golf have been around 60,000 rounds a year.  That's been stable for the past 5 years and we're on pace to do it again,” said Lundgren.

Canyon Lakes also said weather has helped those numbers to stay above the national average.  The dry climate allows more golf playing time than a lot of other places.

“In the winter time we get a lot of play out of Spokane, even Yakima, and of course Seattle when it's raining there,” said Lundgren.

Assistant golf professional at Canyon Lakes agreed that weather is a contributing factor to their numbers staying consistent.

“Around the Tri-Cities compared to some other places that are hurting in the country, we're very lucky in the fact that we get to play 12 months a year,” said Reeder.

Another problem for courses in the country is the lack of interest from younger people.

“I don't think younger people are playing as much golf, and I think we almost lost a generation.  I hope we don't lose two generations,” said Lundgren.

The National Golf Foundation predicts the decline in numbers will continue across the nation, but courses in the Tri-Cities are confident that trend will not affect them.

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