Monday, May 13, 2013

Area golf courses hope to tee up new success
The number of rounds played between 2006 and 2011 declined by about 20 percent, according to the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, now area golf courses are finding new and inventive ways to increase revenue. Private clubs, such as Sea Pines Country Club are now opening their doors to non residents. Another option is reducing rates. “Making golf cheaper to get more people playing is a worthy trade-off, according to Cary Corbitt, president of the Lowcountry Golf Course Owners Association and director of sports and operations at Sea Pines. "We're trying to build value rather than trying to go after rate -- because rate is not everybody's friend," Corbitt said. Once the volume increases, price can follow suit.