Regarding your local golf problem, we have been coming here for many years for three months each winter, along with a number of friends.
We used to golf four times a week, but gradually the rates have increased to the point where we now play less than once a week. When we do play, we notice that the courses are virtually empty, so it would seem to me that if rates were reduced during the winter months, play would increase.
Unfortunately, it seems as if course management would rather have empty courses than lower the rates.
Jim McDonald Hilton Head Island