Any good news is appreciated in the midst of this coronavirus pandemic and that good news from a golf industry perspective is the popularity of the game since golf courses began opening across the country.
Granted, there are fewer tee times available during the day for social distancing purposes at many golf courses across Canada, but tee sheets are filled, according to reports, and the extra good news is that many players are newcomers willing to give the game a shot for the first time.
When the GNN Poll asked readers a couple of weeks ago if the golf operations where they work might bring back more staff than first anticipated due to increased business, 59 per cent of respondents said yes, with 41 per cent voting no.
So, in the midst of the strangest golf season that many of us will experience, the positive news is that there’s an apparent growth of the game, but should we jump to conclusions?
It should be noted that golf was first out of the gate as far as recreation goes because it’s a game that lends itself to social distancing and can be modified to reduce touch points.
What happens as we move forward and more and more recreation options or even entertainment venues open to compete for the discretionary dollar? That bring us to this week’s GNN Poll question.
Do you think the apparent increased business in golf a short term or long term trend?
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Do you think the apparent increased business in golf is a short term or long term trend?
- Short Term (57%)
- Long Term (37%)
- Business has not increased. (7%)