Hopefully, this blog finds you lamenting the weight you put on over the weekend for that means you indulged on turkey and all the trimmings, not to mention the pumpkin pie and other treats.
It’s back to work now and for most of us, final preps for winter and closing dates are on our minds. I noticed on Friday morning that Southern Alberta got a dusting of snow, a reminder that the season, if not over, is about to come to a conclusion.
That will give us more time to reflect on how the 2013 season went as we look at rounds played, revenue, expenses at the facilities where we work and measure that up to years gone by.
It certainly wasn’t an easy one for many of us, especially those affected by floods in Southern Alberta and Toronto. Out west, the very future of some golf courses is in question, while others continue to rebuild and rebound after the devastation.
Golf’s traditional challenges the past few years are complicated by forces outside the game, such as economic conditions.
In the past few weeks, for example, we’ve been hearing about the debt ceiling in the United States, which if not dealt with, will plunge it back into recession, according to observers, which would affect our economy.
Often, when such matters are discussed, the media is accused of dwelling on the negative, but there’s little doubt that economic conditions can have an impact on an industry and the mindset of the people within it.
Usually, we deal with it as it comes, allowing the desire to work within a chosen industry to carry us through rough times.
Is that desire still prevalent in golf these days? That’s the topic of this week’s GNN Poll, which comes on the heels of Thanksgiving, even if you don’t celebrate it.
Are you still thankful for working within the golf industry?
- Yes, I’m thankful. (47%)
- I’m still thankful, but that’s being tested. (37%)
- No, I’m just working for a paycheque. (16%)
And if you feel so inclined, offer your thoughts on this subject in the Comments section below.