A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog with the opinion that the Canadian golf industry is getting a little more optimistic about the state of the economy as the dark days of winter come to an end.
That opinion has been reinforced by the current GNN Poll that asks readers if their attitudes towards the economy had changed for the positive in the last few weeks.
At last look, that appears to be the case with the optimists outnumbering those with gloomier attitudes by a 2-to-1 margin. At the time of this writing, 67 per cent of respondents to the GNN Poll said their attitudes had indeed improved, while 33 per cent said no.
There is still time to vote. After finishing this blog, wander over to the GNN Poll on the home page and cast your vote, and or register for the GNN Forum and get a little more specific about your opinion on the economy.
This improving attitude couldn’t come at a better time with the golf season set to begin in many parts of the country. Even in Ontario, some courses took advantage of spring weather and opened on the weekend.
It may be that spring weather that is making us a little giddy, but there are several facts that make an improved attitude towards the economy more than just wishful thinking.
Although it ended on a down note on Friday, the Toronto Stock Exchange, Canada’s benchmark index, continued an eight-day winning streak into last week, offering at least some hope that investments aren’t going to dry up completely and disposable income may not be an outdated term in the future.
It was also revealed that Canadian retailers enjoyed a healthy rise in sales – the largest since July of 2006, actually – in January. It was reported last week that retail sales rose 1.9 per cent after three consecutive months of decline, according to Statistics Canada.
Of course, financial observers are emphasizing caution for anybody thinking that this might be the start of an upward trend. Those are wise words, but it’s still at least a glimmer of hope that consumers won’t have their wallets locked tight when they enter a golf shop in 2009.
There were optimistic signs outside of our borders as well as housing starts in the United States shot up 22.2 per cent in February, offering hope that an American economy that has been suffering a lot long than Canada may be at least be starting to turn around.
Of course, there are always reports that bring us back to reality with bleak Canadian jobless figures and high unemployment reported.
That just hammers home the message that your own personal plan to deal with this economic mess should not be scrapped and this thing is far from over. The positive aspects of what we’re being told may just mean that we’ve hit bottom and there is a long way to go before climbing out of this hole.
The important thing is that these positive signs are at least something to hold on to, which we didn’t have a couple of months ago, or so it seemed. The positive messages couldn’t have arrived at a better time as we opened the doors for business in this 2009 golf season.
That’s enough to even brighten up a Monday morning.
JOCEYLYNE GETS HER REWARD: Jocelyne Bourassa was in Winter Haven, Fla., yesterday to pick up the Trainor Award, presented from the Futures Tour for her role in developing women’s golf. Canadians such as Lisa Meldrum were there to watch the presentation to the former executive director of the du Maurier Classic and du Maurier Series. Read the story posted earlier and see a few new pictures.