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Courses searching for ways to bring in new golfers

 HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) Some local golf courses are making a few changes in the push to attract more golfers to play. The courses also needed a great start to 2015, but the weather has not been what they were looking for until now.

Monday, the parking lot was packed at the River Oaks Golf Plantation, but that was not the story last week when hardly anyone could get to play due to the weather.

Employee Steve Taylor said it has been a rough start to the year in terms of business which is exactly what he did not want to see following an average fall season in 2014.

We've been lucky the past couple of years with no hurricanes so it hasn't necessarily been a weather issue just hasn't been as active as we expected it to be, said Taylor.

Taylor is hoping for a strong spring and summer plus future growth in the years to come.  For that to happen, he knows golf courses must figure out how to bring in new, young golfers.

Most obvious thing is the aging population in golfers that travel that have the free time and the wherewithal the money, the finances to play, added Taylor.  That population is aging I see it every day here at the counter."

River Oaks is targeting locals, workers in the service industry, and others who live here year round.  However, other courses are trying to think outside the box and change the way you play the game all together.


Tupelo Bay Golf Center and
Azalea Sands Golf Club have added larger holes on some greens, a move aimed at opening of golf to young people and families.

Taylor said it seems like everyone is trying to do something to drive in business.


Looking for that magic bullet and no one has really found it, added Taylor.


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