Category: Sports & Lifestyle

Greens Wanted

Golf courses struggle to attract students There’s a lot of grey on the fairways, and it’s not just the dead grass. Golf is a popular sport with our parents’ generation, but the game doesn’t seem to be making par with university and college students. Jason Munroe, the general manager of River Oaks Golf Course, said he believes there are many reasons why younger generations aren’t picking up the sport. “Young people have a lot more interests,” Munroe said. “They have other ways to spend their entertainment dollars.” Munroe knows golf is a slower game, and it often takes around four hours to play a full round. He said young people often have part-time jobs with non-business hours, and many don’t know how to play. “Unless the student was brought up to be a golfer, they probably aren’t even thinking about golf,” Munroe said. Not only does learning the game take time, but buying equipment can also be pricey. Daniel Stefura, 21, works full-time as a landscaper and only golfs a couple times a year. He said he can’t afford to pay rent and buy a new set of clubs. “All my clubs are hand-me-downs from my father,” Stefura said. “Until a year ago, my only irons were a five, a seven and a nine.” And once you have the clubs, you still need to pay green fees to play....

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