The rain that fell last week here was only slightly more desirable than the wet flakes of snow that mixed in as we progressed into the evening hours.
There was a bit of comfort last Wednesday when an e-mail came from Muskoka Highlands in Bracebridge with information that its range was open. That was welcome news considering Bracebridge and other areas in the Muskoka region had been hit by severe flooding.
I’d been in touch with a few golf courses regarding the situation and Muskoka Highlands’ Don MacKay had told me that his facility had been spared in this spring of unpredictable weather.
Here in Southern Ontario, we have had 20 degrees, but then seen snow. On Sunday, I mowed the lawn and worked up a good sweat, but would wet snow come the next day? It was entirely possible the way the spring has gone.
It’s quite a contrast to a year ago when glorious weather hit early and many golf facilities got off to an earlier start than anticipated. Andy Juniper talks about that and his frustration with the weather in this blog from the Huffington Post.
This year, there seems to be a pent-up desire to play, but the weather isn’t cooperating. If you’re a regular reader of the GNN Links section, you’ve heard stories such as this, this, this and this from across the country over the past few weeks.
Just a few weeks ago, a GNN Poll asked when you see the golf facility where you work opening and it showed that the majority of golf courses were planning to open right about now as 48 per cent responded the last half of April.
Another 23 per cent were planning to open in early May, with 18 per cent saying first half of April and 11 per cent saying they were already open at the time of the poll, which first appeared on April 7.
This week’s GNN Poll deals with whether you met or will meet that target date due to the weather. For purposes of this poll, let’s stick to the golf course itself and not opening the range or other facilities at your facility.
How close to the original target date did/will the golf facility where you work open?
- More than a week (58%)
- Within a week (21%)
- We opened when we expected (11%)
- Within a few days (11%)
If you’d like to tell us about the weather conditions in your area or offer any other opinion, please feel free to do so in the Comments section below.