As I write this blog, I’m wearing shorts in the first week of November.
The better part of last week was sunny with the temperature in the high teens or low 20s. Did I mention it was early November?
Strong winds blew in Friday morning with a good pelting of rain, but the sun peeked out again in the afternoon even as a cold front moved into Southern Ontario.
That meant temperatures were supposed to be closer to seasonable, somewhere around 10 C. I’ll take it and, if you missed it earlier, it is the first week of November.
No, I’m not rubbing it in if you’re in a region that is getting more fall-like weather. I’m not under any illusion that I’ve have these summer-like conditions all the way through Christmas and into January and February. At some point, I’ll be shivering, while Calgary, for example, gets a Chinook.
The reason I bring up the weather is that many believe that’s a big reason for rounds being up at many golf courses across Canada this year. Pleasant weather did seem to be the case across the country, even in Atlantic Canada where they started late and experienced some damage to golf courses after a brutal winter.
It wasn’t perfect. There were wildfires in northern Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and in B.C., and the smoke from fires affected golfers miles away, creating eerie scenes in the B.C. interior and in Calgary.
In B.C., golf courses were under water restrictions due to a lack of rain, but overall, golf operations appear happy with the weather they received and reportedly, the extra rounds that were played as a result.
Was weather the sole reason for that increase in rounds or could it be that people are actually just playing more? There are a few different theories, but the important point was that rounds were up at several operations across the country during the summer.
Did that continue in the fall, say from Sept. 1 on? How would you describe fall rounds at the operation where you work?
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and feel free to expand your thoughts in the Comments section below.
How would you describe the number of rounds after Sept. 1 this year at the golf operation where you work, compared to the last five years?
- Up Slightly (44%)
- Up significantly (24%)
- Down slightly (18%)
- About the same (9%)
- Down significantly (4%)