Golf's decline costly for Phoenix
Web Producer: Jackie Kent
PHOENIX (AP) - A new report says Phoenix's golf program is stuck in a virtual sand trap with its six golf courses having accumulated a $14.8 million deficit.
The Arizona Republic reports that the recent city report blamed the deficit on the diminishing popularity of golf nationwide and the slowing economy.
The National Golf Foundation reported a decline in the average number of rounds played in Phoenix between 1990 and 2010. The drop in the number of rounds occurred at the same time the number of golf courses increased in Maricopa County during that period from 153 courses to 214.
The city is working on a plan for the golf program to repay the city that will determine whether the city continues operating a few, all or none of its golf courses.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, http://www.azcentral.com
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