I'm interested to know what the breakdown is of private and public courses, and what proportion of private courses are run on a commercial basis. Are there any trends in either direction for courses being installed now? I noticed that some public courses are instituting fees, is this common? Is your course primarily there for you and a few buddies? or do you promote it to a wider audience, but only look to cover costs? or do you see it as a business that at least pays you for your time and maybe a profit?
Speaking for myself and my Quarry Park course, I am moving through that spectrum. My course was low level usage for the first 11 years, for personal and logistical reasons. Then I spent $35,000 on a new access and car park etc. and put things on a more commercial footing. Income and expenditure have grown very quickly, so it is more of a business than just a hobby, though as yet there has been no net profit, or payment for my time. I just plough the money back in, and the course has improved a lot.