I try to be a very positive person, but I do understand real concerns in the golf industry here in Alberta.
As I mentioned in a previous blog, we get reports from the Golf Channel in which they rate favourable and unfavourable days for golf. In Calgary, there were seven favourable days in July and 17 unfavourable. There were a couple of good days, but over half were unfavourable or very unfavourable.
It started with the May long weekend. Throughout our Alberta and British Columbia properties, we lost almost the entire May long weekend, so it can be discouraging.
Having said that, I think there is optimism for next year. A lot of golf courses were flat this year, some were up, some down, but the ones that were down can point to the weather and the economy.
It wasn’t that long ago that oil was $30 a barrel and it’s now around $50. I just heard on the radio that a drilling complany is hiring 1,000 people immediately. Across Canada, that may not make the headlines, but locally, when a large drilling company is hiring 1,000 people right now, it’s big news.
I see oil going up. We are talking to people once again about corporate events. Hopefully, the weather cooperates in 2017, but there’s upside again after the harsh reality of the past year.
It may not be giddiness, but there is cause for renewed enthusiasm.