Hopefully, the people who scurried under the bed last December with the economy worsening took a good supply of food and water, not to mention a brew or two just for fun.
It appears most of those people are emerging now and a lack of supplies has nothing to do with it. According to the current GNN Poll, the Canadian golf industry has a more positive outlook on the economy than it did just before Christmas.
In Tuesday’s blog, Dalt Hicks, the owner of the Cardinal Golf Club near Newmarket, Ont., touched on that very topic.
“Nobody knew what was going to happen,” recalled Hicks. “You read the papers every day and the automotive industry’s been a disaster for six months. Doom and gloom is easy to publish, but I don’t see it that way.
“We don’t have any tournaments on the two courses and we’re filled. That tells me that people still want to play golf,” he said last Friday.
That doesn’t mean people aren’t still being cautious, but their outlook on the economy has improved considerably.
At last look, the most recent poll indicated that only 18 per cent of respondents wanted to hide under the bed, compared to 37 per cent that were ready to crawl under there when a similar GNN Poll was published on Dec. 18.
At last look, the current GNN Poll indicated that 43 per cent of respondents say the 2009 season has been better than first expected, while another 39 per cent say it’s been status quo, which isn’t a bad thing either in a shaky economy.
The mood was starting to shift towards the positive a couple of months ago. On March 29, the GNN Poll asked if your outlook towards the overall economy had changed for the positive, a question that was answered in the affirmative by 55 per cent of respondents, while 45 per cent said no.
The industry seems more concerned with the weather than the economy in 2009 and Hicks is a good example after having his executive course at Cardinal shut down on two occasions due to rain.
On April 11, the GNN Poll asked if the industry was more concerned with the weather than the economy and 69 per cent of respondents said the weather was the pressing concern, compared to 31 per cent who were more worried about the economy,
We’ll leave the current GNN Poll up for a few more days. Please feel free to register your opinion and, to get a good idea of how attitudes are shifting on the economy, have a look in our Poll Archives, which will illustrate that change in mood.