By Scott Bauer Associated Press
MADISON, Wis. (AP) – A Wisconsin golf course is apologizing following a backlash over its advertising of nine holes of golf for $9.11 on the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Tumbledown Trails Golf Course near Madison advertised the special with an ad Monday in the Wisconsin State Journal saying it was meant to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
News of the special spread on social media and the golf course’s Facebook page was overrun with negative comments.
On Monday, the golf course apologized on Facebook saying no disrespect was intended and said it would donate the difference between the discounted rate and its normal rate to the 9/11 Memorial.
“We hope that everyone will now see this as a positive as we really meant it to be,” the Facebook post read. “Again we do sincerely apologize for offending anyone & hope that you do accept our sincere apology.”
It followed that with another message saying it may close September 11 out of concerns for the safety of its staff.
“Please stay tuned to see if we will be open on Wednesday 9/11,” the post read. “We are now worried about what people will do/say to our staff & do not want anything to happen or get out of control.”
A message left at the golf course was not immediately returned Tuesday.