The GNN Poll asked readers in April what their main cause for concern was as the 2012 golf season was about to get underway.
The majority, or 37 per cent, were more concerned with unpredictable weather than anything else. The cost of gas at the time concerned 26 per cent of respondents, while high household debt in Canada was the main concern for 19 per cent.
Another 15 per cent had varied other concerns, while three per cent cited a volatile stock market affecting their customers’/members’ investments. The potential for housing bubble didn’t register at the time.
Weather did become a story for all the right reasons. Many parts of the country were treated to an early spring and warm temperatures were the norm at those locations.
In Southern Ontario, for example, GNN blogger Kevin Thistle wrote here in April about how early the Coppinwood staff in Uxbridge got their greens aerated early. Not long after that, Coppinwood got snow, but temperatures were expected to soar again, according to this blog.
About the only concern was the lack of rain, but as Kevin wrote here, that rain came down in August to give the course the kind of watering that only Mother Nature can provide. That glorious summer should have both the industry and golfers positive going into 2013, he wrote here.
In Calgary, it was the same story. Tiffany Gordon wrote here in April that, like Kevin in the east, her crew at Cottonwood was able to get course preparations done early.
For the most part, it was a glorious summer as Tiff writes here, but it did cause a lot of Cottonwood members to change their habits somewhat. As a result, rounds were up due to weather that was the best in five years, as Tiff writes here.
The glorious weather didn’t hit the British Columbia coast as early as it did in Southern Ontario and Calgary, but once it did arrive, it also treated golfers there to a fine summer, according to Kyle German’s blogs here and here.
It’s little wonder then that most respondents to a GNN Poll gave the thumbs-up when it asked in July if the weather was having a positive or negative impact on their operations.
The majority, or 56 per cent, said that the impact was positive, while 44 per cent said negative. Even in late October, 59 per cent of respondents said the operations where they work were still open and planning to stay that way for at least a week.
The glorious weather enjoyed by many across the country would go a long way in energizing the positive outlook of both the industry and its customers as the 2013 season approaches.