One theory about the greatest players in hockey is that they can successfully anticipate what’s playing out in front of them as they’re carrying the puck up the ice, or defending against an attacker coming into their own zones.
Successful anticipation in a game that moves so fast is a cherished skill to possess, so it’s not a surprise that it’s limited to few, if that theory is correct.
Golf is strategy over pace of play and we have more time to figure out the risk/reward aspects of a shot, considering what can go wrong and what benefits we will enjoy from an aggressive attitude before actually stepping up to the ball. Anticipation of what can happen is still critical.
Anticipation can also be an important asset for the people who own and operate golf courses, as well, particularly with the violent weather that Canada has been witnessing in recent years.
I’ve always admired blogger Tiffany Gordon for the way she and the rest of the staff at Cottonwood Golf and Country Club near Calgary try to anticipate what can happen and try to deal with it before it actually does happen.
Through my discussions with Tiff over the years, I know, for example, that they have a set procedure if there’s a medical emergency on the golf course and that it’s looked at regularly to see if there can be any improvements made to it.
When it comes to the weather, it’s been a bit of a moving target.
As Tiff explains in this blog, they’re becoming more used to tornado warnings, something that was rare in that area not long ago.
“You can’t just get people to shelters – you have to get them back to the clubhouse and you have to find a place where they can be safe. We have an area downstairs where we know they’re going to be safe, away from windows and doors.
Weather has changed so dramatically. When we get storms, it’s not the type of storms we’re used to – it’s violent,” wrote Tiff.
The idea is to anticipate a problem before it becomes a problem and it goes beyond protecting golfers and staff members in the case of rough weather. Certainly, the past few years, brutal winters have taken their toll on greens from Ontario to Atlantic Canada.
Have more winter-hardy grasses been discussed, researched or even put down?
Obviously, golf course operators can’t be totally prepared for what the weather might throw at us, but respect for Mother Nature and anticipation of what Mother Nature might throw at us is prudent.
That brings us to this week’s question in the GNN Poll.
Has increasingly severe weather specifically caused the golf operation where you work to discuss or update its business practices, policies or procedures?
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and, as always, your opinions on this subject are welcome in the Comments section below.
Has increasingly severe weather specifically caused the golf operation where you work to discussed, update or implement new business practices, policies or procedures?
- NO (68%)
- YES (32%)