As I mentioned in my last blog, I received an e-mail notice on Oct. 1 that I can now register for my media credentials for the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando in late January.
I was still wearing shorts because I can when I work in my own business, so the show notice sounded an alarm for me, not only that I would soon have to put on big boy pants, but that snow and cold is on its way unless El Nino turns it into a milder, wetter winter.
Whatever the conditions are in January, the show always offered a delightful winter break, although since starting GNN over seven years ago, I don’t spend nearly as much time down in O-Town as I used to back in the day.
Back then, there used to be three or four rounds of golf thrown in and visits to see friends over in Tampa, which I still make, but usually for only a couple of days after the show before returning to catch up on the workload.
There were times when a visit to the show stretched anywhere between 10 days and two weeks, but in this era of 24/7 news coverage, it’s tough to justify that much time away.
The annual trip to Orlando wasn’t exorbitant most years, although there were quite a few in which the loonie was way below the U.S. dollar value and it stung getting your Canadian money changed over before you left.
What goes around comes around. After years of hovering around par with the U.S. greenback, the loonie was worth somewhere between 75 and 76 cents U.S. last I looked.
I know many within the golf industry who look forward to a warm weather golf getaway the way I used to, but I wonder how the loonie’s downward spiral will affect getaways over the winter compared to other years.
That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and feel free to add your thoughts on this subject in the Comments section below.
How will the downward spiral of the loonie against the U.S. dollar affect your winter golf trip?
- I’ll be cutting back. (53%)
- I’ll spend as much as usual and not worry. (22%)
- I won’t take a trip because of the exchange. (20%)
- I wasn’t planning a trip anyway. (5%)