At the risk of sounding monotonous, a couple of weather-related event have the potential to cause golf course damage in a year that has provided an overabundant supply already and it’s only half over.
In eastern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba, rainfall exceeded 200 mm in some areas, roads were washed out and people were evacuated.
Do we dare even mention that Tropical Storm Arthur is expected to travel up the U.S. East Coast and could potentially hit Halifax this weekend as a Category 1 hurricane while the Nova Scotia Open, an inaugural event on the Web .com Tour, is being played?
You can read more in this story from CBC/Associated Press.
This comes in a year when evacuations already took place in the area of Lethbridge, Alta., and some golf courses were closed there as a result. Earlier in the year, golf courses in Southern Ontario were reacting to damaged greens and other winterkill due to a long, brutal winter.
In mid-June, at a golf course north of Toronto, four men were injured after being struck by lightning.
Did we mention the season is really just swinging into high gear after last year was highlighted by a devastating flood in southern Alberta, where Kananaskis Country still remains in limbo. Then, flooding hit Toronto a few weeks later, which affected golf courses, as well.
Of course, the first concern is the community and the safety of citizens, but in our microcosm, we know there’s a good chance golf courses are going to be affected as well. As the Regina Leader-Post recently reported here, several holes were under water due to flooding there.
As you can imagine, such events are not easy to cover with people often being moved around or tending to more pressing duties, but it’s then that you imagine being in the middle of such an event yourself and realize you have the easier task.
I’ve been in touch with Kevin O’Donovan, regional director for the prairie section of the National Golf Course Owners Association, who has said he will be in touch with members and provide GNN with updates on what’s happening. We’ll also keep an eye on Arthur.
Hopefully, it’s not as bad as it could be and hopefully, it’s the end of such stories for a long time.
The golf industry has had enough to last it for a long time to come.
PGA Tour Canada headed to Saskatoon
PGA Tour Canada is in Saskatoon this week for the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open, where Canadian s in the field include Devin Carrey, Derek Gillespie, Cory Renfrew, Stuart Anderson, Michael Gligic, Justin Shin, Riley Wheeldon, Yohann Benson, Matt Hill and Eugene Wong … Golf Canada National Team exemptions go to Riley Fleming of Airdrie, Alta., and Mitch Sutton of London, Ont. … Other Canadian sponsor exemptions include Dakota Cameron of Duck Lake, Sask., Jeff Chambers of Swift Current, Sask., Jerry Christiansen of Air Ronge, Sask., David Stewart of Prince Albert, Sask., and Ian Ford of Sioux Lookout, Ont. … Canadians getting in through Monday qualifying include Clint Schiller of Lloydminster, Sask., David Rose of West Vancouver, Kevin Stinson of Mission, B.C., Ryan Werre of Redcliff, Alta., and Michael Herperger of Humboldt, Sask. … Scott Borsa of the Carman Golf Club recently became PGA of Manitoba Assistants champion at Bel Acres Golf and Country Club … The next event on the PGA of Canada schedule is its women’s championship, which takes place July 29-31 at FireRock Golf Club in Komoka, Ont.