Pittsburgh – Dick’s Sporting Goods Inc. has reportedly laid off 478 PGA golf pros who were providing in-store services such as golf lessons and club repairs. According to Fox Business, Dick’s made the cuts as golf sales and participation rates decline.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2014, golf sales at Dick’s came in at $34 million below expectations, and same-store sales at the retailer’s Golf Galaxy banner fell 10%. In addition, average price for men’s golf drivers fell 16%. Dick’s employed 593 PGA golf instructors as of Feb. 1, 2014, meaning some instructors likely remain. The company declined to comment.