The PGA of Alberta buying show will be held Oct. 22-25 at the Edmonton Expo Centre, Halls F and G, and it could be a lot different this year.
For one thing, our executive director Phil Berube is leaving, to be replaced by Robert Rousselle, who most recently worked with Alpine Canada.
For all the years that I was involved with the board of directors, I haven’t been as close to the association this year with all that’s gone on with the flood back in June.
We’re fortunate because Cottonwood is back up and running with 18 holes. There are courses that aren’t, courses that don’t know what they’re going to do, courses that are buying for nine holes, not 18, or courses that are buying for 18 instead of 36.
Some won’t buy at all and just wait to see what happens. Some will go and do very little and some will do a lot. Some weren’t affected by the flood and some golf courses actually increased business because of what happened at other operations.
A lot of things changed this year.
If a golf course was affected by the flood, it probably doesn’t have the budget they usually have, with the cash flow going to other areas of the operation. There are a lot of unknowns.
A lot of us haven’t had a chance to see one another because we’ve been so busy looking after our own backyards, so I think there will be a lot of networking at the show and people catching up, which is positive.
I haven’t seen many people, except for those in the immediate area, so I’m looking forward to getting there. I think the show will be well-attended, but our own backyards are the priority due to something that happened four months ago.