The Fernandina Beach Rotary Club recently welcomed North Hampton Golf Course General Manager Ed Tucker as a guest speaker. Tucker, who worked at the Amelia Island Plantation, Sawgrass and Amelia River golf courses before becoming golf director at North Hampton, said the nature of golfing and golf course management has changed in recent years. He pointed to the ongoing downturn in the economy as one reason many clubs have experienced a significant drop in membership. As a result, many clubs like North Hampton have lowered their prices and modified the traditional 18-holes of golf to attract new members. Programs geared toward woman and those only interested in playing six or nine holes of golf at the end of the work day have helped attract new golfers, Tucker said. He also noted that few new golf courses are being constructed today. Rather, many existing courses are being modified or upgraded and some that have been private are now open to the general public. In closing, Tucker said that golf is still an important tourist attraction on Amelia Island where more golf is played than anywhere else in Florida.