Recent developments surrounding the Golf Club of Dallas, formerly the Oak Cliff Golf Club, bring to mind a panel discussion at June’s National Association of Real Estate Editors confab. Seems golf clubs are not as popular with the young as they are with their parents’ and grandparents’ generations. There are several reasons for this, including shifting socialization patterns, negative perceptions of the game’s culture, and cost.
It seems that as society has picked the pockets of young people for everything from student debt to over-priced apartments, there’s simply less in the kitty for expensive pastimes like golf. And golf is an expensive activity. Aside from the stereotypically garish ensembles, it’s not difficult to drop a grand on a set of clubs, a couple of hundred on shoes, and upwards of $50 for every dozen balls. And that’s before you hit the links.