Central Indiana Country Clubs Make Changes to Stem Losses

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

The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1bJ6VI4 ) reports there have been big losses recently at some of the area's oldest and best-known clubs, including Broadmoor and Hillcrest country clubs. Broadmoor has relaxed its clubhouse dress code and started to offer child care, while Hillcrest now has a small fitness facility.

Broadmoor general manager Derek Intinarelli says 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.

From 2003 to 2013, the National Golf Foundation says the number of golfers in the U.S. fell by nearly one-fifth.

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