For golfers, one of the good things about the bad economy is that many previously private clubs are opening to the public.
Sarasota has always been sort of a bastion of private golf, but scores of formerly private country clubs in the area are letting in the Great Unwashed, according to a story earlier this month in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
"It's great for people to have the chance to play courses, even for people who've lived here 10 or 15 years, that they've never gotten to play," Misty Creek Country Club pro Chris Bentrovato told the paper. "And it opens their eyes to possibly joining."
Among those clubs that are now allowing at least some form of public play are: Misty Creek, University Park Country Club, Bent Tree Country Club, Jacaranda West Country Club, IMG Academies Golf and Country Club, River Strand Golf and Country Club, the Meadows Country Club and Palm-Aire Country Club.
Yes, it's a little ironic that courses which used to exclude outsiders are now counting on them for financial support, to keep their course in good shape and prevent members fees from rising.
I wonder if they'll start allowing coolers, cut-offs and tank tops.
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