Even though Point Roberts is located in the United States, we’ve only got about 1,000 residents here and about 98 per cent of our golfers are from Canada, so we don’t have a good feel for the American economy.
As for the Canadian economy, when you listen to the radio or business television, every second person you hear tells you a different story.
One person is so high on the economy and the next one is doom and gloom and it’s hard to get a real feel for it, but just by the way people are acting and the way they’re spending, I don’t think we’ve escaped the economic challenges. Everybody’s still hanging onto their bucks as much as they can.
In the last year or more, we’ve been asked more for deals, bargains and discounts than ever before and that’s not letting up.
Our prices haven’t changed in seven years and it used to be that everyone said we were great value for the money. Now, everyone wants a deal and there has to be a reason for that – with the kind of golf course we are, we’re under-priced, but it’s still not good enough.
Everybody’s looking for the two-for-one coupon, or the four-for-three. We have one of the earliest twilights throughout the summer when you can play golf until 9 p.m. – we start twilight at 3 o’clock and it’s packed.
One thing our owner has been adamant about is he doesn’t want the perception that this is a discount facility. It takes courage not to give in to that because once you do, you can’t go back, so I commend him for not caving. Hopefully, when the economy comes back, he’ll reap the rewards.
I’ve got friends who work in the auto industry and they tell me that there could be the toughest recession going on, but there will always be a market for BMWs, but not for more economical cars.
I can understand why economists would differ in their opinions of the economy, but it does lead to confusion.
When I was in college, I wrote a paper on recessions and the theme was that if the government and the economists didn’t tell us we were in a recession, people wouldn’t know, they’d be spending money and we would be out of it.
I got an A on the paper, mostly for creativity, but it does seem the more they talk about it, the more we stay in it. In this age of mass communications, that won’t be going away.