Back in early July, we ran a GNN Poll that asked readers if the increased rounds and business during this year of the coronavirus pandemic was a short term or long term trend.
At the time, the majority, or 57 per cent of respondents, said it was a short term trend with other recreation and entertainment venues either still closed or not getting the okay to open as early as golf did earlier this year.
Anther 37 per cent said the increased business golf was enjoying at the time was a long term trend, with another six per cent saying business had not increased to that point.
The good news for the industry has kept on coming, not the least of which is National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada numbers that show rounds up 24 and 26 per cent in June and July this year.
There’s plenty of anecdotal evidence, as well. A recent scan of headlines resulted in plenty of optimistic opinions from the golf industry across the country.
There was this one from Ottawa and this story from Lethbridge, Alta. Things were no different in Montreal as this story indicates. That was just a quick scan from last week and golf club manufacturers are also reporting brisk business.
So, what’s your opinion now? We’re going to ask the same question that we asked three months ago to see if anything has changed. Do you think the apparent increased business in golf is a short term or long term trend?
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.