Well, think about it...for the game to flourish and remain healthy, we constantly need new people to start playing, Currently, there are more people who are quitting golf or dying than there are new players taking up the game. If this trend continues, the number of rounds played will keep declining which will result in courses having to close down, less equipment will be purchased which as we've seen recently (Nike, Hogan) will cause manufacturers to go out of business.
The Washington Post wrote:
"The number of Americans who said they played golf at least once last year has fallen to one of its lowest point in years, Sports & Fitness Industry Association data show. Even worse for the sport's future: The number of young people, aged 18 to 30, playing the game has sagged nearly 35 percent over the last decade. That drop-off has hit America's greens and links hard. More golf courses closed than opened in 2013 for the eighth straight year, according to the National Golf Foundation. And the number of course closures has sped up, averaging 137 closings every year since 2011, data from golf-industry researcher Pellucid show."
In the video game/high tech interactive world we now live in, golf has a lot of competition when it comes to getting kids interested in playing. If the younger generations don't choose to play golf, eventually it will die.