On the economic front, the golf industry, and all businesses for that matter, received good news last week when it was announced that 58,300 jobs had been created in April in Canada.
Mind you, the majority of positions were part-time, which accounted for 41,100 jobs, but 17,200 were full-time, which leaves Canada at levels last hit before the global economic meltdown.
On another positive note, the price of gas went down last week, but not nearly as much as some analysts felt it should. No surprise there, but at least there is some relief at the pumps, even if we’re still feeling gouged.
The upshot of it all is that people are making more money and not handing it away as much, at least to the oil industry, which hopefully means there will be a little more disposable income to an industry such as golf. Of course, that can change in a heartbeat.
Now, if only the weather would cooperate if people are indeed feeling a little more positive about their finances.
Positive is not a word I would use to describe the mood of industry people I’ve talked to over the past few weeks about the weather and it isn’t the mood with which GNN bloggers are reporting either, although all of them are positive it can turn around.
Depending on the region of Canada, we’ve seen cool temperatures, rain and flooding this year, hardly conducive to a quick bolt from the gate for golf operators in this country.
These conditions eliminate any theory about the industry being filled with belly-achers when it comes to the weather with late starts becoming a common story more than the exception the past few years, it seems.
I’ve heard both sides of the argument and I still don’t know if this weird weather is due to our abuse of the environment or part of a natural cycle and wouldn’t attempt to guess. All I know is that it seems to be happening on a regular basis now, compared to 20 years ago.
What do you think?
Are late starts to the season something that the golf industry is going to have to deal with on a yearly basis going forward?
- No, it's just temporary (52%)
- Yes, they're here to stay (48%)
That’s the question in our GNN Poll for this week? You can cast your vote below or on the GNN home page. As always, you’re welcome to offer your thoughts on the subject in the Comments section below.