9/11 deal has golf course in hot water

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Sam Gardner

Sam Gardner is a general assignment writer for Originally from Orlando, Fla., he previously covered the Orlando Magic for FOX Sports Florida and has also covered the NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals and MLB playoffs. Follow him on Twitter.


Wednesday will mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and one Wisconsin golf course is facing widespread criticism over a half-baked promotion commemorating the event.

Tumbledown Trails Golf Course, located just a few miles outside Madison, ran an ad in Monday’s Wisconsin State Journal promoting a 9/11 special.

The text of the ad read: "To Commemorate this we are offering 9 holes with cart for only $9.11 per person, or 18 holes with cart for only $19.11! 9/11/13 Only!":

As you might expect, the 9/11 discount didn’t sit well with some people, and many of them took to the company’s Facebook page to vent. In response, the course posted the following message to their page Monday night:

A few minutes later, they brought out this defense, as well:

Then, as the backlash continued to come in — I mean, you can go look at the comments on these threads — the course began to question whether it would even open its doors on Wednesday:

As of this writing, Tumbledown Trails hadn’t provided an update as to whether it will be open on Sept. 11. Either way, it’s doubtful this story is going away anytime soon.

I can’t imagine the course intended any disrespect to the thousands killed on 9/11 when it advertised this harebrained special, but it’s stunning that anyone fancied it a good idea in the first place.

"This wasn't a moneymaking thing," said part owner Mark Watts in a report on, adding that this was the third year the club had offered the special, bu tthe first time there'd been any public reaction.

"We weren't trying to profit. We just wanted to find a unique way to keep this horrible tragedy in the public eye ... Now we're getting death threats over it ... The sheriff's department is sitting in the clubhouse right now."

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