The issue of X number of players only being able to fit into Y amount of time in line with bottlenecks isn't going to go away, that's the nature of the way the game is played. Clubs will seek to use the price mechanism to allocate tee times, as more courses close, then supply drops further with the consequence that prices will rise again. A vicious downward spiral. I'm not telling you anything you don't already know though.
In terms of cost I'm not sure this one will ever go away. The only thing I would say, is I'm always a little bit skeptical when cost gets invoked as the primary reason. I've seen this happen before in other sports when disenfranchised responders give lazy answers to market research companies. I've also seen the suppliers then react by slashing costs to an absolute minimum and in some cases even offer free access/ tickets, guess what happens? Well not very much in truth. About a 5% rise. It's an inelastic demand. Even when something is laid out on a plate the consumer still can't be bothered because the bottom line is they aren't really that interested
America isn't short of money, and although it risks entering a game of onedownmanship, the American tax burden is still about 3 to 4% lower than that faced in Europe, and your average income levels higher in most cases. This tends to be relative to perception however, as people consume according to how they've set their own compass and historic reference points, and its this that leads them into thinking they're being hard done by. There would be millions of American's capable of releasing more personal disposable (as there are people right across the west) if they took a slightly closer look at some of the 'throw away' consumer lifestyles they lead
Mind you, New Jersey might be going to get some salvation!!!
If these alleged $10 return flights to the UK ever do materialise (Ryanair are supposed to be offering some in the next 6 months - personally, I'm not holding my breath) then you could catch a plane from Newark on Friday evening and be playing the Ryder Cup course at Gleneagles late morning/ early afternoon on Saturday. Get yourself another round the following morning, and then land back in America on Sunday evening a couple of hours after you took off!!! I know some Gleneagles members have been desperately looking for American's to play a Ryder Cup format match against, but so far the 'land of the brave' has proven to be the land of the chicken!!! I should say actually that they've had a better fighting response from NJ than they ever had NY
Having said that, I did contact the airline yesterday, and there didn't seem to be much knowledge of these phantom flights (even if their CEO has been hitting the media telling everyone he's going to do them) and I also contacted one of the other airlines named (Norwegian) and was given what I'd regard as a pretty normal transatlantic price. I should also point out that a round or two in Scotland if landing at Edinburgh for somewhere like Gleneagles, St Andrews, Kingsbarns, or Carnoustie, is going to be more expensive than New Jersey, albeit you might take the view that 25% is worth it
I digress ...... One thing I am wondering about, and it might interesting to know, is what would be people's first exposure to golf? Probably television would be my guess, followed by a local pitch and putt course? Golf is a playing game. I do wonder if today the inheriting generations first exposure is going to be some hand held game which I doubt will capture any sense of imaginative participation and will always be a pretty tame second to a fast driving or shoot up game