The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

January 27, 2013

Goodwin: Schifferdecker revenue shows golf alive, well in area

By Clair Goodwin
Special to The Globe

— Unlike in other parts of the nation, golf appears alive and well in this corner of Missouri.

I base this opinion on the increase in play and revenues in 2012 over 2011 at short, but sporty Schifferdecker Municipal Golf Course. I suspect that other courses around the area have done reasonably well, too.

As Schifferdecker goes, so goes the area, at least that was the saying decades ago when the municipal layout drew 40,000-plus plays year-in, year-out.

Forty thousand-plus players pouring over the course is a good thing, but what really matters to those with adding machines and ledgers is how much money is being taken in. It not only is a measure of how successful a course is, but how part of the economy is expanding or contracting.

Consider that in 2008, which was not a particularly strong year, Schifferdecker contributed $473,907 to its operation. That rose to $549,062 in 2009, dropped back to $501,600 in 2010 and then picked up modestly to $502,600 in 2011.

Last year, however, was a veritable powerhouse. Schiffy had an estimated 25,687 rounds, according to Rita Moore, manager. The rounds accounted for $571,626 in revenues.

Of course, the number of rounds and amount of revenues don’t tell the whole economic story of Schifferdecker. Out-of-town players may take their families out to dinner or shopping after a round. That is especially true for the Ozark Amateur in July. I can’t estimate a dollar amount on what that tournament means to the community, but I would guess that business activity would be considerably less without players in the tournament.

They not only buy golf balls, golf clubs, golf gloves, golf bags and golf clothing, but also they purchase other items as well, such as shoes, slacks, electronics, furniture and dozens of other things not necessarily connected to golf.  

A golf outing may wind up with a family shopping for groceries, looking at a car or taking in a movie after the round.

Golf is a lifetime sport that pre-teens and older players can enjoy. And, thanks to courses on which many thousands of rounds are played, the game can make sizable contributions to the local economies of Baxter Springs, Kan., Miami, Okla., Pittsburg, Kan., Carl Junction, Carthage, Neosho, Lamar, Nevada and points north, south, east and west in the Four-State Area.

Snowman

The second Shiffy Snowman 2-man best ball tournament is scheduled Saturday, Feb. 23, at Schifferdecker Golf Course. Entry fee is $50 per person. A shotgun start is planned at 10 a.m.

Prizes will be based on 20 teams per flight.

Players may have more than one partner for an extra $25 per golfer. There will be prizes for closest to the pin and longest putts.

Details: Schifferdecker Golf Course at 417-624-3533.