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and we are losing rounds and losing golfers. I tend to be more positive about the future of the golf industry. Yes, there is no doubt golf took a tremendous hit during the recession, but there are so many golf fans out there that I see golf remaining steady and slowly growing.


sustainable practices. This usually results in less turfgrass, irrigation, fertilizer and pesticides, and enhances the course with addition native or natural areas.


“Another trend of golf design that I see is creating more user-friendly courses. In the heyday of the ‘90s, architects (in some cases, not all) were making big statements with steep slopes, crazy bunkering, elaborate water features, tricked-out greens and other gimmicks. Today, many courses want to scale back on the diffi culty meter, not only from a playability standpoint, but from a maintenance standpoint as well. Quite a bit of my work consists of bunker remodeling and green remodeling. Many times it has to do with creating more comfortable playing conditions and ease of maintenance. Of course, there is the other side of the coin as well, where


the course is old and run down and needs a facelift. I have found over the years that there’s always a way to make golf features interesting, fun to play, challenging, pleasing to the eye, and maintainable at the same time.”


Brauer is hoping for the creation of more short courses - or the reduction in size of existing regulation 18s - to address the new American demographic. “The prevailing idea seems to be that for Millennials - with less time and more interests - will be attracted to an upscale, short regulation nine holes for after-work play.”


Miller also strikes an encouraging pose. “I have worked on a few projects over the last few years with the National Golf Foundation. They are one of, if not the offi cial keeper, of golf stats. Their fi ndings indicate that golf is on the decline,


Jeff Shelley is a long-time golf writer who has written and/or published nine books. The Seattle resident is the former editorial director of Cyber- golf.com and golfconstructionnews.com.


“The industry is full of great, enthusiastic, committed people that work hard to grow the game,” adds Miller, whose design work over the past 20 years has taken him around the world. “I experience it all the time through superintendent associations I belong to, the USGA and other independent organizations such as First Green and First Tee. Many of my projects these days have to do with re-evaluating current tee locations, and designing alternate teeing options to accommodate all levels of golfers. I am very optimistic about the future of the golf industry as a whole.”


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