US golf club apologises for 9/11 special

2013-09-10 20:29

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Wisconsin - A golf course is apologising for advertising nine holes of golf for $9.11 to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

The owner on Tuesday said he might temporarily close the club following a backlash that included death threats.

Tumbledown Trails Golf Course in Wisconsin advertised the special with an ad on Monday 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.

Club owner and general manager Marc Watts said on Tuesday that no disrespect was intended.

"We're a little hurt by the fact that people are putting such a negative context on this," Watts said. "I thought people would appreciate it."

The promotion began two years ago, on the 10th anniversary, and until now was warmly received as a way to ensure people never forget the tragedy, Watts said.

This is not the first time that promotions tied to 9/11 have drawn criticism.

Last year, an Idaho resort offered hotel rooms for $91.11 and a food voucher for $9.11 as a "Thank you to our heroes".

Two years ago, New York Sports Club offered 9/11 first-responders cheap memberships, drawing outrage from some who called it a shameless use of a national tragedy to make money.

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