A Verona golf course drew outrage yesterday after placing an ad in the Wisconsin State Journal announcing a Sept. 11 golf sale.
The ad for Tumbledown Trails Golf Course in Verona offered “9 holes with cart for only $9.11 per person or 18 holes with car for only $19.11!”
The golf course was so overwhelmed with ofended callers and Facebook posts that its operators considered closing the course down for a day. Some calls included death threats, according to club owner and general manager Marc Watts. He told The Associated Press that he intended to show no disrespect with the promotion.
A sheriff's deputy has been stationed at the club, he added.
“Please stay tuned to see if we will be open on Wed 9/11,” announced a posting on the company’s Facebook page today. “We are now worried about what people will do/say to our staff & do not want anything to happen or get out of control.”
People posting comments on the course’s website felt the promotion was a disrespectful way to try making money off a national tragedy.
As one commenter wrote, “9/11 is a painful, frightening memory for those of us who were living and growing up in the Northeast. For those who were there and who lost parents, relatives and friends, it is a nightmare they must face at this time every year for the rest of their lives. To exploit these horrors for profit is sickening.”
Tumbledown has tried to defuse the situation by promising to honor all tee times already booked under the promotion and then charging additional golfers the normal rate and donating the difference to the 9/11 Memorial.”
“We hope that everyone will now see this as a positive as we really meant it to be,” the course posted on its Facebook page.
The ruckus created by the ad has drawn attention from national media, including a story in New York’s Daily News.
Tomorrow is the 12th anniversary of the day that terrorists crashed planes into the World Trade Center, killing 2,753 people and injuring thousands more, including medical problems caused from exposure to toxic pollution from the crash site. The WTC was totally destroyed.