I’m sure a lot of American courses could do what they do in GB & I in terms of financials.
The thing that America does however is build profit in.
There are so many member owned courses over here that exist only to provide golf for their members. They aren’t trying to factor in a profit.
For most places, tourism is actually not a big factor and they will still run and operate with a few hundred members paying less than £1,000 per year and won’t necessarily have hundreds of visitors or tourists each week.
Also, there are no gyms, tennis courts, swimming pools, fancy clubhouses etc. that all massively add to a CC cost.
Water is probably a big one in America that will add to the cost. As you can see in Tourist Sauce, most Scottish courses will have sprinklers on the greens but will leave the rest of the course up to nature to sort out.
But there is surely a case to make ‘members’ golf more accessible in the states. But it won’t happen until you all say No to huge CC fees.