There are no obvious reasons why individuals and country clubs decide to play or not play in the Clashes that WGT puts on. What is very clear is the effort that one club goes to in order to win each clash.
That the winner outscores the #2 club by more than 2.15 to 1 would be like the Super Bowl champion winning 60 to 28 and doing it every time the game is played. When the results of the game are an almost forgone conclusion it is hard to field a competitive team. When there is little or no reward other than say "We came in second," will a team give its best effort? (Auburn vs FCU?)
Why WGT started the Clashes is a much debated topic. I would like to think that it was it meant to engage the various country clubs in a team building event. ( "Come on mates,let's recruit some members and go out and win!") But alas, the Clash format has shown its weakness in this team building aspect.
Unfortunately the WGT is unwilling to admit that it has created a one-headed monster that needs some tweaking. Talking about a boycott is of little value. Giving suggestions to the WGT seems fruitless in that they don't have their hearing aids turned on.
The World Cup, staged by PAULFINN52, or other community driven events are far better at this team building. If WGT were willing to put some real effort into leadership, they could stage a very fun and challenging event for country clubs, just as Paul has done.
WGT, keep the Clashes if you want , but please work on something that gets the country club juices flowing!