By now, you’ve either attended or are in the processing of attending a fall buying show, annual general meeting, awards ceremony or have at least chatted with colleagues and gotten a feel for what they thought of the 2016 golf season in your region.
A few weeks ago, we asked how important it was where you work to have a longer-than-usual, warm autumn this year and the majority, or 41 per cent of respondents, said it was extremely important.
In another GNN Poll, 37 per cent, the majority again, said the weather had a negative effect on the golf operations where respondents work. On the other hand, 37 per cent said positive, so it appears to depend on where you work.
In Ontario, for example, there have been plenty of marvellous days for golf this fall and Atlantic Canada was going through a similar stretch until recent deluges of rain.
On the other hand, as Tiffany Gordon reported in her blog last week, Cottonwood Golf and Country Club near Calgary usually closes on the Thanksgiving weekend, but snow abruptly shut them down for the entire week leading up to the holiday weekend. That came after an unpredictable season of wind and rain in Alberta.
Weather hasn’t been the only contributing factor to the 2016 season in Alberta, where the economy remains shaky. Different economic factors could also be affecting operations in your area as well, if you’re outside Alberta. For example, another poll indicated that external influences that golf can’t control such as taxes are making a big impact on the game, as well.
With the season coming to an end and having chatted more with your colleagues recently than you would have at the peak of summer, what will be the mood in your region going into 2017?
That’s the question for this week’s GNN Poll.
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, feel free to expand your thoughts in the Comments section below.
How would you describe the mood of the golf industry in your area going into 2017?
- Proceed with caution. (43%)
- No worse/better than most years. (25%)
- Optimistic. (23%)
- Everyone wants to hide under the bed. (10%)