If the weather statements issued Thursday for parts of Alberta here come as a surprise, it’s par for the course the way things have been going recently.
Traditionally, the Thanksgiving weekend is the last of the season for play here at Cottonwood, but that didn’t happen this year. Leading up to the weekend, we had two days of heavy frost and then it started to snow and we were closed for seven days.
We’ve been running shop sales and clearing stuff out, but the toughest part is the hourly staff who don’t get the last hours that they were counting on.
Secondly, when it gets like this you have to rely heavily on your salaried staff to help get things done. The members are obviously disappointed and there are long faces and you also have to deal with food and beverage expenses and the cost of inventory you were hoping to get rid of in the closing days.
The next concern is that we’re a week behind in getting the course read for winter. For one thing, the leaves haven’t been picked up in spots. We have a game plan, but we’re picking our battles.
We’re rallying the troops. We have to get applications down and get ready to tarp. Our superintendent, Tyler Patroch, is positive. He’s got a game plan, but we’re just going to have to modify it. They’re still out there every day getting things done.
This is all proof positive that we pick the right time to close the course each year, despite what some have said in the past about it being too early. There is a reason for it. The plus side is that we opened about two weeks early this year.
The past few years, I’ve been reading up on climate change and I go back to our own history and our opening days and closing days and the weather. Things are changing a lot.
We’ve always played on Thanksgiving weekend here. It might be cold, but they’re playing, but we’ve never had a closing weekend when we’ve actually been closed, not only for the weekend but the days leading up to it.
We did get a jump on aerating tees, but we’ve got to get other things done. There’s lots to do and we’ll need all hands on deck to get it done.
The one thing about it is, it’s definitely a good team-building experience.