The National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada updated its “Rounds Played and Weather Reports” to include June and while that month wasn’t as strong as earlier in the year, it’s still showing that rounds are up across the country, the one exception being Atlantic Canada with its slow start after such as harsh winter.
“Nationally, the month of June wasn’t quite as strong as the early season results, but still up 3.8 per cent over June, 2014, and 2.6 per cent over the three-year average”, said NGCOA CEO Jeff Calderwood.
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The report also went on to point out that weather is a major contributing factor to rounds being up this year, an opinion that backs up last week’s GNN Poll in which 50 per cent of respondents felt that weather over a resurgence of interest is the major contributing factor to increased rounds.
Another 45 per cent felt that weather and renewed interest were equal factors, while more interest in the game was only seen as the major reason by five per cent of respondents.
GNN blogger Kyle German says the weather has been fabulous where he works at Point Grey Golf and Country Club in Vancouver, adding that the tee sheet has been full every day. You can read his entire blog here.
KG does, however, believe that increased play this year might become habit-forming as players come back to the golf course more often. As a result, the trend of more rounds being played this year may extend into next year and beyond.
He admits that may be wishful thinking and says he’ll be interested to see what happens in the last few weeks of August as people go on vacation just before kids go back to school. By that point, will player be at least temporarily tired of golf after playing so much this summer?
So, the question in this week’s GNN Poll asks for your take on how long this trend of increased rounds will continue. Is it temporary or long term?
You can cast your vote below or on the GNN home page. Also, if you’d like to add your opinion on the subject, please used the Comments section below.
How long do you see the current trend of increased rounds continuing?
- Long term, but a slow climb to where we need to be. (53%)
- It’s a temporary blip on the radar. (36%)
- It will be long term. (11%)