The National Allied Golf Associations recently reported that play as of June 1 was up 14 per cent compared to the national three-year average and up 27 per cent over last year.
Whether those are exact numbers is up for discussion, but based on anecdotal evidence I’ve heard in conversations with people around the country, I have no reason to dispute that rounds are on the rise across Canada.
What will the mainstream media do if that trend continues? Don’t worry, they’ll find something and nail golf for pesticide use and other environmental issues instead, but I digress. Yes, I’m being sarcastic.
The one place that hasn’t seen a rise in rounds played this year is Atlantic Canada and that’s to be expected after the brutal winter and late starts to the season at many of the golf courses in that region.
The western provinces, on the other hand, led the country and that too is understandable given the glorious weather that places such as the Lower Mainland have been cooing about this year.
So, is magnificent summer weather the primary reason for the rising number of rounds, or could it be that something more long-term is beginning to take hold.
Could it be that people are either returning to the game or getting into it for the first time?
That’s the question we’ll ponder in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can cast your vote below or on the GNN home page and by all means, feel free to expand your thoughts in the Comments section below.
With recent reports about increased play in Canada, is weather the primary reason or is a long-term resurgence of interest leading to more participation?
- Weather (53%)
- Equal amounts of both (43%)
- More interest in the game (4%)