Recently, the Guardian in Charlottetown offered this editorial about the importance of marketing Canadian tourism to Americans and while it wasn’t golf-specific, the game would certainly be one industry that benefited from an increase in U.S. visitors.
Oddly enough, PEI was once a hot spot in Canada in which to play golf, but as you read here last week, a deal that would see the province sell Crowbush Cove has fallen through, while other government-owned courses have been up for sale, as well.
While the golf courses have lost money, they are still considered a main attraction for the island, but how big?
Not far away in Atlantic Canada, Nova Scotia golf, particularly in Cape Breton, has been strengthened with the opening of Cabot Links and will be strengthened even more when the new Cabot Cliffs opens, but even in Cape Breton, the operation of the once-mighty Highlands Links may soon be leased out.
Wondering how long a certain area will last as a prime golf destination for visitors from outside of our borders is really no reflection on the quality of golf. As we all know, there are gems all across this country, but how aware of that are potential visitors?
Of course, Americans have plenty of facilities on which to fill any golfer’s bucket list, so how difficult is it to get a great number to cross a border to play outside the U.S.? Maybe, a below par dollar this year will help, or do we need better marketing and more dollars to lure them?
Would they come if they were made aware of Canadian golf? Where does this country stand as a potential golf destination for our neighbours to the south? That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, if you want to expand your thoughts for consideration, please feel free in the Comments section below.
Where do you think Canada stands as a golf destination in the eyes of potential American visitors?
- Not even on the radar (62%)
- A possibility among many other destinations (35%)
- At or near the top (3%)