Canadians tuned into the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver on Friday, the start to what we hope will be a memorable couple of weeks despite weather that has felt more like spring than winter.
It was probably the driest and warmest January that I remember. At Point Roberts, we’ve had few closures due to snow, which is obviously an issue for the Olympics, but it has led to more people than usual coming out to play golf.
With so many people coming in to Vancouver for the Olympics, it is a possibility that, even if they didn’t bring their clubs, they might be tempted to play a round between events that they’re attending. That’s a question that’s been batted around out here.
December and January were great for weather, especially in comparison to last year when we were closed for 35 days ourselves. In the back of the minds of golf course operators on the Lower Mainland, they may not be counting on a spike in rounds played, but I think they’re aware of it and hoping.
I would be surprised if the University Golf Club – which is a great, old-style golf course in the heart of Vancouver, you couldn’t ask for a better location – didn’t get a spike in players during the Olympics. If I had to pick a golf course I thought would benefit from the Olympics, it would be the University Golf Club.
I think from a budget standpoint, golf courses don’t want to write the possibility of a spike during the Olympics in, but if it happens, everybody would be pretty happy about such a start to the golf season.