With the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando now a virtual affair in 2021, a winter tradition has come to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus pandemic.
I can’t remember how many consecutive years I’ve travelled to the show, but it’s a lot. As a matter of fact, the last time I got off a plane was coming home from the 2020 show, just before the pandemic struck here in Canada.
It was no surprise that the brick and mortar show at the Orange County Convention Center was cancelled, but the truth is that I wasn’t planning on attending even if it did go ahead in its traditional form. Florida is a coronavirus hot spot, as are many states in the U.S.
It hurt to make that call considering all the memories from previous shows, which were business mixed with pleasure, golf, a cast of characters and just a welcome break from winter that concluded with a short trip to Tampa to visit a longtime buddy.
There are many who will travel despite the Canada/U.S. land border being closed, including seniors, among the most vulnerable during the pandemic, according to this story from CBC.
Of course, heading south is a tradition for many in the golf industry and it isn’t always to attend a buying show. Many have condos or travel to the sun for extended periods of time in the winter.
Will this winter be the same, despite the pandemic? That’s the question in this week’s GNN Poll.
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 planning on heading south this winter, despite the pandemic?
- No. (78%)
- Yes (22%)