- Associated Press - Monday, March 30, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Some country clubs in central Indiana have made changes to attract new members as interest in golf has waned.

The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1bJ6VI4 ) reports there have been big losses recently at some of the area’s oldest and best-known clubs. Broadmoor Country Club lost roughly $500,000 in 2013, while Hillcrest Country Club was out $266,102 in 2012.

From 2003 to 2013, the National Golf Foundation says the number of golfers in the U.S. fell by nearly one-fifth. Nationally, 158 golf courses closed in 2013, while just 14 new public and private courses opened.

Indianapolis country clubs say their finances are becoming more stable after making changes. Hillcrest now has a small fitness facility, while Broadmoor has relaxed its clubhouse dress code and started to offer child care.

Broadmoor general manager Derek Intinarelli said clubs can appeal to new members by being more casual and family-friendly. There are about 280 members at Broadmoor now, up from 167 members a few years ago. The club cut expenses by $125,000 and saw revenue rise by $143,000 last year.

Woodstock Club, which lost $171,916 in 2011, no longer requires coats and ties in dining rooms, and partners of unmarried members are now considered members.

“The clubs in Indianapolis that are surviving are the ones trying to figure out exactly what they are and how to provide more of a family focus and offer a price people are willing to pay,” Woodstock general manager Susan Schenkel said.


Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com

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