Golf play on national upswing

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

The greens have long maintained the reputation as a destination for casual meetings, but a recent trend suggests that golf courses have become more than a casual place to conduct business.

It's more mental than physical, and golf offers something for everyone.

"Because golf is the perfect marriage between brain power and physical power," said S.J. "Archie" Archuleta, a local golf enthusiast.

So it would make sense that in the last year, more and more people have been taking a swing at golf in the Grand Valley and nationwide.

"If you want to do something that is fun now and 40 years from now, take up golf," said Archuleta.

Archuleta enjoys hitting the greens with his 9-year-old son, Ben. For him, golf is a game of life.

"And the better you play the better you want to play," said Archuleta.

Several golf courses in the Grand Junction area have noticed a growing trend of golf enthusiasts in the past year.

"This year we are up, surprisingly enough: 2,000 starts for the year and probably about 6 percent as far as revenue goes," said Doug Dominiguez, general manager of the Chipeta Golf Course.

Dominiguez said it could be a sign that the economy in our area may finally be coming back around.

"Personally, I think 2010 and 2011 were sort of down years, and I think with the economy down, and then it stabilized to some degree as far as the area goes, and people felt they had a little extra money to recreate, and golf is one of those things that they were able to do," said Dominiguez.

Not only do more people appear to be taking that 18 hole stroll, but equipment sales are up for some businesses as well.

"This year our sales in golf seem to be trending upwards. We have seen a lot of folks in here upgrading their equipment as new technology comes out," explained Bill Walters, a senior sales associate with Authority Golf Department.

This nationwide upward trend could be a sign of economic stability or simply a sport gaining popularity as people seek an active and social lifestyle.

"I took him out of football because I would rather have him playing a game that he'll be playing for the rest of his life with old people like me, his father or young people," said Archuleta.

This past time is certainly a hole in one for people of all ages.

It looks like whether you are looking for a reason to skip out of the office early or spend some time with the family, golf greens are the place to go.

Golf courses say the weather as of late is ideal for golfers, hanging right around 85 degrees.


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