When the GNN Poll asked a couple of weeks ago how readers would rate the 2017 golf season compared to all others during their careers, 43 per cent said below average and another 31 per cent went beyond that, calling it the worst. It’s interesting note that only two per cent said it was above average.
It’s easy to figure out why people would have such opinions this year, one in which fires are a summer-long concern in the British Columbia and even those who aren’t directly affected by the flames are dealing with smoky conditions, making it difficult for many to play a round of golf.
That’s after flooding hit Kelowna, among other places including those in the east, where rain has been steady to this point, another factor that reduces rounds.
In May, the poll asked if weather had caused a slow start to the season and 85 per cent responded, saying the weather isn’t cooperating at all. Nobody went with the option that allowed them to indicate that the season was off to a great start.
A month later, readers were asked if overall business had picked up in June and 45 per cent said they were down even more and 29 per cent said it was about the same as May. On the bright side, 26 per cent said it had picked up.
In another poll, 67 per cent of respondents said they expected staffing/hours to be cut in July and August.
Needless to say, these answers don’t exactly paint a rosy picture of the 2017 golf season and we wonder what the attitude is specifically among employees at the golf business where you work.
You can cast your vote in this week’s poll below or on the GNN home page and please feel free to voice you opinion in the Comments section below.