This is Part 1 of a "Saga Of A Dead Golf Course" It is also the saga of what could happen to homeowners when things happen to the golf course. It also continues a previous discussion we've stared on the demise of this sport and its impact on Oro Valley.
First, we start with an "HBO Real Sports" video on the demise of the sport. The video is hosted by Brian Gumbal. In it, Williams visits a dead Florida golf course. According to the video, the course visited is now "...home to anything and everything that is not golf." He continues: "On average, 130 american courses have closed every year for the last 8 years."
This video, however, shows some innovative concepts that are being tested to revitalize the sport!
report last week by Greg Hansen of the Arizona Daily Star: "Tucson City Golf, which is now operated on a daily basis by OB Sports, reported last week that play is down 10.1 percent in the first four months of the fiscal year. Those are frightening numbers, but also reflect the general drop in golf play nationally. The Greens Committee reported that the five city courses are $802,000 over budget in those four months. Only 15,899 rounds were played in that period, compared to 18,648 last year."
This is not yet a story about Oro Valley. It is a glimpse, however, into what could happen when a golf course in Oro Valley goes dark or if its use is changed to something entirely different. Our courses are in trouble. Take the course at the Hilton El Conquistador, for example. It is poorly maintained. According to one golfer visiting from Tucson: "The bunkers are a mess. There's slump block and other stuff. It's a sorry sight." The members of the Oro Valley Country Club are negotiating a bail out deal with their lender. Trouble now. Trouble ahead.