If it came as a surprise that the “atmospheric river” doused British Columbia last week, causing landslides, floods and Vancouver being cut off from the rest of the province, it shouldn’t.
After all, just a week before that happened, the University Golf Club in Vancouver was hit by a tornado that was strong enough to shut it down for several days to clean up debris, only to be hit again by last weeks’ rain.
That comes after a summer in which a heat dome settled over the province, leading to extreme temperatures and an extended wildfire season.
These events threatened lives, homes, infrastructure and businesses, including golf. The University Golf Club wasn’t the only operation hit hard by last week’s record rainfall in southern B.C.
Golf operations have been hit hard by other events in the past few years, such as the wildfires that hit Fort McMurray, Alta., in 2016, or the floods that struck Calgary and surrounding areas in 2013.
What does the future hold for golf operations? Are you more concerned now that an extreme weather event will shut down the golf operation where you work for an extended period of time, compared to even three years ago?
That’s the GNN Poll question of the week.
You can answer below or on the GNN home page and if you’d like to add a few thoughts on this subject, please use the Comments section below.
Are you more concerned now that an extreme weather event will shut down the golf operation where you work for an extended period of time compared to even three years ago?
- Yes. (53%)
- No. (47%)