Significant industry resources and efforts have long been directed at growing participation levels in golf. Motives from an industry standpoint are easy to understand - more golfers naturally translate into more customers at the facility level and more spending within all golf product categories from drivers to shoes - a rising tide floats all boats.
The big story of 2012 in the golf business is the year over year increase in rounds played. In fact, if fourth quarter rounds are flat with the same period in 2011, we would end the year with the largest single-year jump since the turn of the century; a national gain of more than 30 million rounds.
Disputes in the golf industry, as in virtually all other industries, are inevitable and, if otherwise unchecked, can quickly lead to litigation, with its skyrocketing costs and other collateral damage.