You may have noted that this week’s GNN Poll asks whether your golf operation could count on neighbouring facilities to help out in case of emergency or crisis.
The reason we asked that question is that Calgary showed that its golf courses were indeed part of a community, many helping one another out during the flood that hit Southern Alberta last June.
Whether that will be required more often remains to be seen, but many respondents to the GNN Poll the week before seemed convinced that was the case after we asked if they saw more powerful weather events shutting down Canadian operations at least for short periods of time in 2014.
The majority, or 65 per cent, said yes, they do see operations being shut down by such weather events this year, while 35 per cent said no.
That seemed to jive with an earlier poll taken in July when the GNN Poll asked if the golf industry is taking the potential for devastating weather events seriously enough. Three quarters of respondents said no.
Despite devastating floods in Alberta and the Toronto area and a crippling ice storm in Toronto, last year wasn’t just about devastating weather. We also heard a lot about vandalism and stolen golf carts.
That prompted us to ask in a GNN Poll if golf facilities had upgraded their security systems or improved their procedures in the past two years.
Most, or 45 per cent, answered that the facility where they work has done both, but another 36 per cent said they had done neither. Another nine per cent said they had improved procedures, while 10 per cent said they had upgraded their security system.
Definitely, there was a need to stay on top of emergency procedures as a poll in February asked if the golf operations where they work had experienced a medical emergency in the past two years in which somebody had to be rushed to hospital.
While 59 per cent said no, 41 per cent of respondents said they had seen such incidents at the facilities where they work over the past two years. Given the potential liability in such incidents, 41 per cent is a lot, even if it doesn’t represent the majority.
As for security systems, a lot of readers had seen incidents of golf cart theft at the operations where they work, even if it wasn’t the majority. A total of 58 per cent hadn’t seen golf cart theft, but 42 per cent said they had.
The off-season offers a time in which to review golf course emergency procedures and security. The GNN Poll and well-documented weather events have illustrated it’s critical for golf operations to be prepared for all possibilities, as much as we don’t want to think about them happening.
For results from GNN Polls of the past, click here.