Abstract: Honestly, I went to a golf course construction pre-bid last week. No, it wasn’t a dream. I actually sat in a room full of golf course contractors. They all had taken off weight and a few had shed trophy wives. We looked at a huge colored rendering while the architect identified the routing plan. The owner had financing and permits, and the dust will fly in late April barring unforeseen issues. That night, I looked in the mirror and called myself a golf construction professional, not sports industry site modifier, a title I used during 2008-2009.
Is the golf industry alive again? Are long-forgotten phrases such as routing plan now in circulation at golf industry meetings? Has golf survived the Great Depression II? It looks like long forgotten golf course projects will see the glimmer of light during 2011. Clubs have purged nonpaying members and replaced them with realistic businessman who understand that capital improvements greatly improve golfer experience and course marketability. Poorly managed or designed golf courses are shutting down but solid layouts with a realistic business model are approaching 2011 with optimism. It feels like a good year.