Since I wrote this blog, I’ve discussed the idea of summer buying show dates with people in the business and I’ve changed my way of thinking on the subject.
When we first discussed the idea of summer dates, I said, `July-August, that’s kind of tough for me,’ because that’s peak season for a golf operation.
Thinking about it now, it’s two days or a day-and-a-half. Depending on what happens with the show structure in the future, if the shows were held in Toronto or even Montreal, it’s an easy drive or a quick plane for us in the east.
If you went in for a full afternoon and the next full day, you might get a lot done.
As I mentioned, I’ve talked to lots of people who I respect about it and maybe I’ve got to open up to new ideas.
Let’s say the show was held Monday-Tuesday or Tuesday-Wednesday, I might do a few hours in the office, then either drive or catch a plane and get to the show for a good part of the afternoon and evening when there will probably be a dinner to attend.
The next day, I could go hard and then, fly or drive back that evening or get up the next morning and do it, so you may have missed a day-and-a-half back at your golf operation.
I could see myself doing it. I know I’ve talked to others who say they would do it. I’m much more open to it now after talking to friends and acquaintances in the business.
I think I would prefer to have it in August as opposed to September when many of your part-time staff members are leaving. The various associations would also need to give plenty of notice to avoid the show or shows conflicting with a scheduled member-guest or other events.
With companies now asking for summertime orders, October is late for the Canadian buying shows, so the idea of August dates, assuming it works for the associations and Canadian Golf Industry Association, is one worth considering.