Tiffany Gordon, in a blog that will appear on GNN later this week, says she is planning for yet another late spring at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club and who can blame her?
As most people across the country will attest, late springs seem to be becoming a regular occurrence. This year was no exception with all of the rain and cool temperatures that plagued golf throughout April and May.
It’s gotten to the point where many within the golf industry feel that the environment is changing and that the nicer weather in golf terms is being pushed back to the point that golf courses may kick off the season later than they used to, but will stay open later in the fall.
The trends so far may not be enough to accurately predict that, but as Tiff said in a previous blog, she’s keeping notes on temperatures each year to see if she can spot something like that happening.
The other side of that scenario is that weather in one part of the country may be different than in another, so trends that happen in Alberta may not be applicable to Newfoundland. It’s tough to spot a one-size-fits-all trend in a country the size of Canada.
What can’t be denied, however, is that spring hasn’t been what it used to be in golf and that seems to be the case everywhere. It’s tempting to look ahead optimistically, but is that realistic anymore?
That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll.
Would you rather err on the side of caution and any good weather that might come early is just a bonus or do you prefer to be ready to go full tilt at your traditional opening date?
As you make your plans for 2012, are you counting on a late spring in terms of budgeting, staffing and other preparation?
- Yes, it now seems inevitable (60%)
- No, it’s business as usual to other years. (40%)
As always, feel free to voice your opinion in the Comments section below.