Long Island golf courses struggle to survive

The golf industry on Long Island, N.Y., has been struggling over the past few years as the supply of courses -- more than 260 facilities in 2012 -- drowns the demand which has weakened considerably since the economic downturn. "Unfortunately, what happened was we had so much growth," says Charles Robson, executive director of the Professional Golf Association's branch for the metropolitan area. "One new facility would have been perfect. Two or three would have been OK, but when you build five or six new public courses in a fairly small geographical area -- and again the game wasn't growing at the rate that people projected -- there was a downturn."

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