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I would like to
suggest that we now go on to something bigger and better, a U.S. Grand Prix of
world's championship status. We now have a suitable course. Road America is a
true test of car and driver; it's extremely beautiful and it's safe and
exciting for the spectator.
?Point I: Clothes are as much a part of the sporting scene as the people who wear them, either as participants or spectators. Point II: You can purchase the suit at Flint & Kent, 554 Main Street.—ED.
THE TREND OF
However, I for one am alarmed at the steady disappearance of courses (generally to make room for housing projects) with no replacements. This is matched by a tremendous increase in enthusiasts anxious to enjoy this great sport.
If this trend continues, golf will once again become what it was when I was a boy—a game for the wealthy only.
It would be
interesting to see statistics as to the number of courses and golfers in
America today as compared to 1930.
?The character of golf has changed with the times. The National Golf Foundation estimates that over the last 20 years a million-and-a-half duffers have taken up the game to swell the playing total to three-and-one-half-million golfers. The number of courses available, however, has declined from 5,691 in 1931 to 5,076 in 1954. But 20 years ago 80% of all courses were private clubs. Today, 2,198 (40%) links are public or semi-private courses, used by 70% of all golfers. Curing the hooks and slices of this large and dedicated group are 3,500 professionals (up 2,200 from 1943) who may also compete for $850,000 annually in tournament money or more than double the sum offered 10 years ago.
But the greatest change that has come over the sport is the emergence of golf as a spectator sport of formidable and ever-growing proportions.
For golfers the time spent on the links in the years ahead is likely to be frustrating: thousands of new enthusiasts are drawn to the ancient and honorable game each year; golf has become a flourishing part of industry-sponsored recreation (see E & D, Aug. 29), and each year the graduates of 500 college teams are waiting to claim their turn on the first tee. FORE!—ED.