Tumbledown Trails Golf Course in Verona, Wisc., placed an advertisement in Monday's Wisconsin State Journal offering nine holes of golf for $9.11 in order to "commemorate" Wednesday's 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
This 9/11-themed golf course ad is a real thing that ran in today's Wisconsin State Journal. pic.twitter.com/rn6VIYH4mF — Josh Orton (@joshorton) September 10, 2013The backlash was so severe that the course issued a public apology via Facebook and pledged to donate some of the day's proceeds to the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.
According to Mark Watts, part-owner of Tumbledown Trails, this is the third year the 9/11 anniversary discount has been made available, but the first year it's caused any outrage.
"This wasn't a moneymaking thing," said Watts. "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." For more news that golfers everywhere are talking about, follow @si_golf on Twitter, like us on Facebook, and subscribe to our YouTube video channel.