Even golf, the great escape for millions of Americans, has not escaped the effects of the economic slowdown and the aftermath of September 11. Add to the mix the fact that the boom years of 1999 and 2000 saw a huge number of new courses open across the country, and it's easy to see why the golf business is pacing along at about even par. For meeting planners, that translates into a buyer's market at golf resorts. “Stagnant would be a good way to describe it,” says Clay Atcheson, vice ...

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