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 Golf.com, 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."