The 2013 golf season saw devastating floods in Southern Alberta and Toronto, but for the most part, it played out the way most expected, according to the GNN Poll.
In January of last year, the poll asked readers how they saw the season shaping up compared to 2012 and 47 per cent said they thought it would be better, while 44 per cent said they felt it would be about the same. Only nine per cent saw business being down in 2013.
By early April, most respondents, or 48 per cent, said they expected the facilities where they work to open in the last half of April, while 23 per cent expected to be open by early May. Only 18 per cent were looking at the first half of April, while 11 per cent were already open at that point.
Most, or 58 per cent, were off in their projections, saying they missed the target date by more than a week, but 21 per cent, were within a week of their original projection and another 11 per cent missed by just a few days. Ten per cent opened on target.
Going into the May 2-4 weekend, the GNN Poll asked readers how they saw business shaping up compared to the previous year based on what they had seen going into the long weekend.
Most, or 62 per cent, saw business being down, while 24 per cent saw it being about the same as 2012, with just 14 per cent saying it would be better.
In August, the poll asked readers how important it was for business to experience a longer-than-usual autumn and 39 per cent responded that it was important, with 36 per cent saying it was extremely important and 25 per cent saying it would be nice, but not critical.
Most got that good weather, at least in September, as 33 per cent gave weather that month a par and another 33 per cent gave it a birdie. Some went as far as to give it an eagle, that awarded by 17 per cent of respondents. Only 17 per cent gave it a bogey and nobody gave it a double bogey.
In the end, most respondents, or 34 per cent, asked to grade the 2013 season in another poll gave it a C (average), while 24 per cent gave it a B (above average). Another 22 per cent gave it an A (excellent), while 20 per cent graded it D (below expectations).
So, the majority graded the season average or better. We can only hope the 2014 season shapes up the same way.
For a look at the results of past GNN Polls, click here.