We’ve put in a no-smoking rule on the golf course.
It’s so dry that anything can happen and we’ve been concerned since before the fire in Fort McMurray forced the mass evacuation last week.
The whole province is so dry. I’ve only got a 10-minute drive home and the fields are obviously dry. All it would take is a spark or a lightning strike.
While what’s happening in Fort McMurray is a human issue, it’s also a weather issue as illustrated by the fact that the flames began to head east towards the Saskatchewan border on Sunday.
We need some rain and a lot of it. Three years ago when the flood hit here at Cottonwood, rain was the last thing we needed. Now, we’re begging for it and while a little bit came down in Fort McMurray on Sunday, we need the skies to open up.
Everyone is on high alert.
Given everything that’s gone on in the province from the drop in oil prices and the effect on the economy, we don’t need anything else to happen.
While the situation in Fort McMurray is a human issue, it is also an economic one in that many people may have lost a job and now may have lost a home or a place to go and are living in community centres or gyms and people are giving them food and supplies.
It takes an emotional and mental toll on people.
There’s going to be a need for housing. Trailers will need to be brought in. People are going to need places to live and where do they start? There are so many questions that can’t be answered right now. That’s the toughest part.
As for the golf courses in the area, what would I tell my staff? What would I tell my members. I really couldn’t tell them anything and I sure couldn’t make any promises.
You take it day by day. I know the support we had in the flood of 2013 from suppliers and other golf courses and now it’s our turn. Do they need equipment? Do they need manpower?
It’s situations like this in which industry relationships and partnerships shine through and golf is such a tightly-knit industry that won’t leave a stone unturned in the effort to help one another out.