On AKD's comment about top 50 clubs disappearing (and I would add top 1-5 clubs), our abilitity to sustain top 25-50 finish over 4 years is simple.
It's all voluntary. I don't care if someone doesn't (or many who never) play. It's for those of us who like it.
Nobody is expected to buy passes. Veterans authorized to use superpasses are not supposed to mis-use them. They should be match aware.
And it's for fun. So if we have a bad clash, so it goes.
We can sustain that model. Will we ever get to #3 or #10? I doubt it. I think we got to 24th once a couple of years ago. We have also missed top 50 exactly once in last 3 years.
And before someone says why … a bunch of us like it. One more goofy tee marker/pin or one more club course tournament means nothing to us. FOR FUN.