In hindsight, I suppose I was being nasty when I told blogger Tiffany Gordon last week that, as she was dealing with early September snow at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club near Calgary, that I was wearing shorts and flip-flops near Toronto, while drinking a cold beverage out of a hollowed-out coconut with a little umbrella.
As she always does, Tiff took it with good humour, but I do suspect that I will get it back big-time when Toronto gets hit this winter, and you know that’s coming, while Calgary is basking in the warmth of a chinook.
In my defence, a little sense of humour was needed to help ease the pain of the reality of the situation. As Tiff writes in her blog here, Cottonwood lost the better part of a week due to the weird western weather.
A series of tweets from the Glencoe Golf and Country Club here shows how summer turned to winter in just over a day. Then, there is the inevitable clean-up as this story from the Calgary Herald points out.
What is golf, an industry that relies so much on weather, supposed to think this early in September?
It’s not even officially fall yet and we’re seeing snow? As much as I jabbed Tiff about her weather last week, I didn’t mention that it got fairly cool in Toronto on the weekend, but don’t tell her that.
These cool temperatures in different parts of the country aren’t easy to hear about at the best of times, but this year, it’s no secret that many golf operations got off to a late start due to last winter not wanting to go away. Even when it did, it left a lot of damage through winter kill.
We were all hoping for an extended period of nice fall weather to at least partially make up for the late starts to the season.
Will we get it?
That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
You can answer below or on the GNN home page and, as always, feel free to add your thoughts in the Comments section below.
Based on what you’ve seen so far in September, will warm and sunny fall weather last longer or not last as long as usual?
- It won’t last as long as usual (64%)
- It will be about the same (27%)
- It will last longer than usual (9%)