As I’ve often written in past blogs, I look forward to golf shows, not only for buying, but also for touching base with golf pros, general managers and sales reps.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to this year’s PGA Merchandise Show, which gets underway next week at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.
An operation to deal with a deviated septum was moved to this Tuesday and there isn’t much I can do about it. I expect to be fine, but it will prevent me from going to Orlando this year.
That’s really too bad. There’s a renewed optimism coming out of the United States. There’s lots to discuss about that trend and maybe we can learn from them. Being at a private course here, I see more people interested in memberships and more people wanting to play.
After all the concern about what’s gone on in Europe and the United States economically and recession, maybe we can now say that increased participation is now the norm.
We’ve rolled with the punches and the Canadian golf industry didn’t get hit as hard as the Americans. If they’re enjoying a rebound, it might also mean that things are also getting better here.
One report out of the U.S. had rounds across the country up as much as 7.5 per cent last year, but I’m not sure what to make of that impressive number. Between 2008 and 2011, the U.S. got hit hard, so it may be that they’re just coming off an all-time low.
It’s still good news that things are turning around. At the show, it would be interesting to see how they interpret things and hear what they’re doing to promote increased rounds. I read all the blogs and news reports, but it would be interesting what American operators have to say.
We hope increased rounds are the new norm and I wish I could be there to hear what they have to say about this trend.