It’s rare that we get a year in which there are a bunch of days with temperatures over 30 C here, but this year has been very unusual. One day, it even reached 37.
That’s been good for rounds of golf, but on the day it was 37, a lot of people called in to cancel because it was too hot.
As a result of the heat, you have to make sure everybody is safe out on the golf course and when you get that heat, you’ll also get the late afternoon thunderstorms and they can be violent.
What’s unusual this year is that we’ve had a few days in which we’ve blown the horn before 8 a.m. Usually, that happens in late afternoon, not first thing in the morning.
Of course, we’ve has several afternoon disruptions and there have been a few tornado warnings. Until this year, I’ve never had to evacuate the golf course because of tornados. You watch the sky and it’s weird and we have had a few touch down around Calgary.
Thankfully, there hasn’t been a lot of damage and nobody hurt, which is great, but it’s unusual for us.
On the positive side, we’ve had a lot of people playing golf and not a long of things have had to be cancelled or rearranged, so that part’s good, but because of the heat, you can see it in the golf course.
It’s been a good learning experience. Personally, I like the browning and the members are starting to understand that conservation is important. Everyone is used to lush and green and we have to keep certain areas that way, but we can also cut back in other areas.