There has been plenty of talk about participation in golf and that will obviously affect the number of people who take lessons.
I think with beginners who really want to get better, there’s no change, but I think in the 15 to 20 handicap range, the people who play maybe twice a month, there’s a difference there.
I’m not sure if it’s a reluctance to take lessons or the fact that golf is not a cheap sport and maybe people have other priorities these days. I think the latter might be the case.’
In today’s economy, there are so many other things that you can spend your money on, whether it’s your family, the house, retirement or whatever. They have to prioritize and maybe when it comes to golf, they’re just happy to go out on the weekend and play with their buddies.
I don’t know about the other provinces, but here in B.C., it is a tough time to be a teacher.
I know one teaching professional who has been around a long time and never had any issues has taken on another teaching job just to have hours in the winter. Personally, all options are on the table and I’d consider doing the same thing.
As the economy goes, so goes the golf industry and with any luck, maybe we can get out of this funk we’re in, but for now, people are looking at their bank statements and prioritizing.