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Public outrage after U.S. golf course sells nine holes for $9.11 to ‘commemorate’ 9-11 terror attacks

- September 11th, 2013

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A Wisconsin golf course is pulling a mulligan after its plan to host a Sept. 11 sale to “commemorate” the lives of the more than 3,000 civilians who perished during the 9-11 attacks went awry.

The deal? Nine holes of golf (with a cart, mind you) for $9.11 for one day only — Sept. 11.

The course even posted an ad in the Wisconsin State Journal newspaper.

Predictably, news of Tumbledown Trails Golf Course’s promotion made the rounds on Twitter this week, causing a big enough stir that the course was considering closing due to safety concerns.

“We’re a little hurt by the fact that people are putting such a negative context on this,” said course owner and general manager Marc Watts. “I thought people would appreciate it.”

Evidently, turning one of the worst days in U.S. history into a Black Friday of sorts wasn’t well received, despite the fact the course started the promotion in 2010.

Local authorities posted an officer at the course on Tuesday after Watts reportedly received death threats.

A message to customers was also posted to Tumbledown’s Facebook account in the wake of the kerfuffle.

“We will still let all that have tee times booked play for the previous rate we posted. Then, for all other golf that day we would like to donate the $ difference between our normal rate and the previous price for the day to the 9-11 Memorial.

“We hope that everyone will now see this as a positive as we really meant it to be.”

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Prior to public outrage, though, the only positive might have been the course lining its pockets thanks to all the extra golfers who were eager to capitalize on a sale courtesy terrorists taking innocent lives.

The only surprising part of this story is that it took the public three years to realize something wasn’t right here — and that 9-11 victims shouldn’t be remembered amid bogeys and birdies while drinking golf course beer.

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8 comments

  1. Jason | September 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Good promotion for remembering the fallen. Too many people use positives to spin negative views becasue their lives suck.

  2. Roland | September 11, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    I am outraged therefore I am – this is in poor taste but people have to get past their need to be offended or outraged and make a big deal out of idiotic stuff like this. My reaction; that was kind of stupid – have to go for lunch now. I don’t feel a great need to dwell on it.

    There are no doubt things to be outraged and offended over, but this doesn’t rise to that level. I’m a strong believer in the free market system – this golf course may well be marginalized over this in due course (no pun intended).

  3. Robert | September 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    @Jason. Yeah, another great idea …maybe all the malls could do a midnight madness sale once a year to commemorate the massacre of 6M Jews? You know, tie it in with that whole Hitler gone crazy thing? Whaddaya think?

  4. warren c. | September 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    If the course is normally booked up, or even close to it, then they are losing money at the $9.11 rate, not making money.
    The idea would be to make people aware of the commemoration, getting together to do so.
    It’s either that, or they are making a huge profit at their normal golfing rates.

  5. Brian | September 11, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Get over it. Death threats??? really?? dumb Americans

  6. Brian | September 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    @Robert
    Great idea. You start it.

  7. Robert | September 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    @Brian: such witticism.

  8. Saul | September 13, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    If you don’t get why this is in incredibly poor taste, maybe consider why Disneyland shouldn’t do a half-price day on the anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting… Here’s a hint: it’s kind of rubbing it in their relatives’ faces when you get a discount to do something that their loved ones never will again and probably would’ve enjoyed *BECAUSE* their loved ones never will again (ie. they were killed/murdered).

    “I got 30% off because thousands of people died in a building that collapsed after a terrorist hijacked a plane and flew into it? Cool. There’s a moment of silence before every one of my putts — what a great way to commemorate. Thanks, firefighter widows!”

    Also, what does Al Qaeda do on 9-11 to celebrate?

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