Despite rumours that he was heading to Beacon Hall Golf Club in Aurora, Ont., where he once worked as an associate professional, Alan Palmer reports that he’s just signed a five-year deal to remain at Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club through 2020. Palmer has had a number of impressive stops during his career, including Augusta National, St. George’s in Toronto, The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., and Jasper Park Lodge, among others. Palmer joined Shaughnessy in 2012. Just a couple of weeks ago, he was named the 2015 recipient of the PGA of British Columbia’s Professional Development Award … Some have said it doesn’t really matter that the USGA decided that solo rounds won’t count for handicap purposes because few even keep a handicap these days, but it does matter because of the message it sends in a game that’s supposed to be based on honour and trust. All the trees will soon be taken with the handicap cops joining the conforming equipment cops in the woods, but the good news is that this revision won’t apply in Canada … The PGA of Alberta recently honoured six members with over 50 years in the association. They include Bud Loftus (63 years), Bill Wright (57), Clayton Robb (52), Donald Price (51), Bryan Copp (51) and Bill Carrington (50). You can read more on each here … The National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada is already working on next year’s Golf Business Canada Conference and Trade Show. That will take place Nov. 17-19 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, B.C. … Speaking of conferences, the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association is hosting the 2016 International Greenkeepers/Superintendents Summit, Jan. 10-11 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre Hotel. The summit will include representatives from the British International Golf Greenkeepers Association, the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association and the CGSA. Other national associations are expected, as well. The summit was last held in Canada in 2008 in Calgary and will feature 10 hours and meetings over the two days … The international summit will overlap with the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre … The CGSA, by the way, is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016 … With the calendar flipping from November to December, here’s a golf vista to put you in the holiday spirit as St. Andrews was blanketed with snow on the weekend.
— St Andrews Links (@TheHomeofGolf) November 30, 2015
The majority of respondents, or 86 per cent, in last week’s GNN Poll didn’t expect the business environment for the golf industry or any other business improving under the new federal government after last month’s election. … Early returns on this week’s GNN Poll indicate that most denizens of the golf industry feel secure in their jobs. As of this writing, 59 per cent felt secure, but 41 per cent said they were insecure or unemployed. That was broken down into 29 per cent saying their jobs were precarious and 12 per cent adding they were unemployed. You can vote on the GNN home page.