It seems that golf is no longer one of the great American past times.
The National Golf Foundation reports the number of players has been dropping since 2010 and most of them putting away the clubs are people in their 30’s and younger.
City of Omaha Golf Manager Bob Baber says business has been very good this season and they started a new program to spark the interest of younger players. The city started a new youth program this year where those 14 and under can golf for free during the week and on weekends with a paid adult. All youths taking part must first complete a program where they learn the rules of the course and golfing manners.
Baber expected a couple hundred kids but as of now more than 1,000 have gone through the program.
Baber says the PGA does a great job in retaining current golfers but not so well at recruiting new ones. He hopes programs like this draws kids to the course and sparks an interest in the sport that continues well into adulthood.