You’ve no doubt seen the damage done recently by mudslides and landslides in British Columbia. Forest fires have been common the past few years, but slides are something relatively new that we have to deal with in B.C.
It’s terrifying how fast they come and how much damage they do. I saw news reports and it’s unbelievable the destruction they leave in their wake. I never really realized their force, but nature seems to be changing all the time.
Of course, we’ve felt the natural changes as golf course operators. Whether people want to admit it or not, the golf season is changing dramatically.
It used to be that after the Masters, we were good to go, but the last three to five years, it’s been a mid-to-late June start here in B.C. Earlier this year, the rain in May and into June was at or near record levels.
The season may not be getting much shorter because September has been our best month for the past few years. October has been good, but you get the nip in the air and the days are shorter and we’re not getting as much rain.
As a golf course operator, the problem is that there are less daylight hours in the fall, so it does shorten the season in that respect.
It’s all a part of the changing weather patterns and other natural shifts that we may have to get used to going forward.