Several golf clubs in the Great Lakes region have managed to prosper despite the suffering economy by practicing careful spending and favoring long-term solutions over quick fixes. A focus on keeping current members active, rather than attracting new ones with lower initiation fees, was a smart move for the Country Club of Buffalo, whose manager, Tim Minahan, said, "Despite sales reductions and a smaller membership, we have remained profitable and ahead of budget for each of the last four seasons."

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