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Flemingdon Park Golf Club in Toronto.
Flemingdon Park Golf Club in Toronto.
(FRED LUM/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

Golf industry on downswing as pricey pastime loses players

Now that winter’s icy grip has at long last lost its hold, the sounds of that great spring pastime, golf, have returned. But beside the honking of geese and cursing after shanked shots, another sound wafts over the still damp greens and fairways.

That’s the gnashing of teeth and drumming of fingers by everyone from course operators to equipment makers wrestling with falling participation rates, a failure to attract large numbers of young players and a growing aversion to the hefty costs and lengthy playing times associated with the sport.