Golf course closures: The latest news
Golf course closings are happening in many places around the country, but it appears that the U.S. is among the most affected.
In a report published Monday, The Associated Press said that six golf courses in the Midwest, including the Andrews Golf Club in Iowa and The Woodlands Golf Club and Country Club in Illinois, were closing for the first time in 2017.
The closures were first reported in the state’s news media last month, and AP cited sources who described them as temporary.
A spokesman for the Golf Association of Illinois said the association had no immediate comment on the AP report.
A report from the Associated Press, citing a source, said that the six golf clubs had closed since July 20 because of a number of problems, including “an increased rate of closures for health and safety reasons.”
The golf course closers are among a number that have closed in recent years as the health and welfare of golfers and the environment become a top concern for local governments.
Golf course owners have also been trying to figure out ways to keep the courses open, especially in the wake of recent climate change-related deaths.
At least three recent closures occurred on the same weekend, including in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, where two former courses at the state fairgrounds were shut down.
The two closures occurred after an investigation into an incident in which a student was hospitalized after falling off a golf cart while playing a game.
A federal judge in Pennsylvania temporarily shut down the state state fair grounds in March after the deaths of two students, one of whom died.
In January, a federal judge ordered the closures of two more courses at a fairgrounds in Pennsylvania, including one where a woman had died and another where a girl who had been severely burned was found dead.
In addition, at least four of the closures occurred during the height of the Great Lakes Flood, which inundated portions of the region.