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Historical Growth of Municipal Growth

The 1960s saw the democratization of golf, when demand from a growing middle class drove the development of public courses across the nation. A robust 445 new municipal courses opened that decade, a record number that has never been seriously challenged. Another 350+ municipal facilities were added in the 1970s, as municipalities continued to provide golf for its citizens, building new courses and acquiring existing ones. That two-decade stretch remains the most significant era of growth for municipal golf.


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