Golf course owner says 9/11 promotion wasn't meant to be offensive
Jon Byman and Lacey Crisp
VERONA - The promotion was simple. You could golf 9 holes for $9.11 on September 11th. The Tumbledown Golf Course outside Madison offered the promotion for a few years. But this year it went viral online. Most people seem to believe it's insensitive.
Marc Watts owns the course and has been dealing with a very angry reaction. He has been on the phone nearly constantly the last two days answering complaints and even threats.
"This was not meant in any negative context at all," Watts said. In fact, he says he did it to honor the day. "This was just one way for us to keep it out there. And for the last two years, we've got nothing but positive feedback."
This year, the feedback has turned decidedly negative.
"It's been tough on me, on my family, my employees," Watts said. "I never thought, when we came up with this, that it would turn into such a horrible negative thing."
Watts is taking all the complaint calls.
"As the man in charge here, it's my duty," he explained. "I was raised by my father and grandfather to always be a man. If you make mistakes, you look at it, you apologize and you face the music."