9/11 deal has golf course in hot water

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:

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

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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:

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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.”