I can understand how there’s a little more optimism in the golf industry this year.
Here on the West Coast, we have a couple of things working in our favour. For one, we’ve been fortunate because the weather in May was 8,000 times better than it was at the same time last year. Obviously, that’s a rough estimate.
That’s helped and, as much as I hate to say this, the Vancouver Canucks losing early was good for the golf business. As a diehard Canucks fan, that’s difficult to say, but people start to think about golf once hockey is over.
So, I think the combination of the two has been good for the golf industry here. I recently played Shaughnessy with director of golf Alan Palmer and there were a lot of people playing, which was good to see and that’s really all I can go by these days.
It’s tough for me to actually get a true read because I’m not in the shop much anymore like I was when I was employed at Point Roberts. I don’t see the numbers, so all I can do is go by what I see day to day.
From my standpoint, the parking lot at Northview, where I teach, is busier than it was and I’m definitely walking in farther than I did last year.
I’m not sure about the public courses that had to deal with aeration schedules. The weather turned good as they were aerating, so they didn’t really get a good jump on the season because the greens weren’t in great shape at the time.
If the good weather and upbeat mood continues, I’m sure those public courses will make up for lost time because there does seem to be a lot more smiles around golf compared to the last few years.