What a year 2013 was for weather, with the floods in Calgary and Toronto. More recently, a powerful ice storm knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of people in Eastern Canada, ruining their Christmas, and leaving them in the dark, some for more than a week.
While the ice storm didn’t have a direct effect on business with golf operations closed for the winter, many will be left wondering what effect that nasty ice has had on their golf courses once the snow melts in the spring to reveal the true extent of the damage.
Those are just a few examples that illustrate the force of nature in the past year. Golf, of course, has always been affected by weather, but lately, storms and other natural events seem to be striking with more brute force than ever before.
As a result, Kananaskis Country is just one golf operation that faces an uncertain future due to weather-related events and other Southern Alberta golf courses are still rebuilding and dealing with the effects of the floods seven months after the fact.
May they never have to go through this again for once in a lifetime is enough for anybody, but are such storms once in a lifetime nowadays?
That’s the topic of the first GNN Poll of the year. We’re not talking about the usual gripes about rain and inclement weather keeping golfers off the course. We’re talking about events that can shut you down through the force of nature.
Are they becoming more common and will more operations be affected the way those in the Calgary area were in 2013? You can cast your vote below or on the GNN home page and, as it was in previous years, feel free to expand your thoughts in the Comments section below.
Do you see more powerful weather events shutting down operations at least for short periods of time in 2014?
- YES (65%)
- NO (35%)