Wisconsin’s Tumbledown Trails Golf Course is facing public scrutiny after running a promotion that offered nine holes for $9.11 on Wednesday, Sept. 11, the 12th anniversary of the terror attacks.
The advertisement appeared Monday morning in the Wisconsin State Journal, offering “9 holes with cart for only $9.11 per person or 18 holes with cart for only $19.11!” according to Fox News.
Needless to say the tactless promotion quickly angered many in the online community, so much that officials at the golf course are now debating whether or not to shut down for the day.
“Please stay tuned to see if we will open on Weds 9/11,” a post read on the golf course’s Facebook Page on Monday. “We are now worried about what people will do/say to our staff and do not want anything to happen or get out of control.”
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Marc Watts, club owner and general manager of the golf course told the Associated Press that people are calling the club with death threats. A sheriff’s deputy is now stationed the golf course.
The 9/11 promotion began two years ago, on the tenth anniversary of the terror attacks, and had been received positively as a way to make sure people never forget the tragedy. That is, until now, Watts said.
“We would first like to apologize to everyone that we have upset or feels we have disrespected in any way,” officials wrote on the course’s Facebook page on Monday. “By no means did we mean to do this.”
The outrage and controversy continued to pour in through Facebook, however.
“Shame on you for trying to profit off of 9/11,” one commenter wrote on the Tumbledown Trails Facebook page. “The worst marketing I’ve ever seen.”
Another commenter thought differently: “How is this different than a Memorial Day sale? Stories have sales on Memorial Day weekend every year… a day that is set aside to remember those who gave their life so this country.”
In a previous post to those mentioned above, officials said they would allow all those who booked previously to play for the promotion prices and all other golfers would pay normal price.
“We would like to donate the money difference between our normal rate and the previous price for the day to the 9/11 Memorial,” read the post.
Source: Fox News, Associated Press