As June began, the weather here was beginning to offer indications that it was going to cooperate begrudgingly with golf and you could see that people were starting to get the itch.
Of course, the weather lets us know that it isn’t fully going to comply. We’d get a couple of good days followed by a couple of bad days, but at least it was showing signs of turning around.
The other factor that affected golf here was the Canucks’ run for the Stanley Cup, even if it did fall short against the Boston Bruins. You could go out to the range on a Canucks’ game day and whether it was sunny or not, around 4 p.m., it just died.
The most important thing about then and now is that people are thinking golf. It’s been so dark and rainy and cold for so long, it was getting to be a depressing.
It was a little scary too with this being my first year back as an independent working out of Northview Golf and Country Club in Surrey.
From my standpoint, the last time I was a full-time instructor was close to 10 years ago and I was at, arguably, the busiest facility in Western Canada, the University Golf Club right in the middle of Vancouver. With three good springs in a row, business was booming.
In my head, I go back and I know the numbers I was doing then and you automatically think that’s what should be happening now, but not a chance with the weather we’ve had this year.
It may yet come to pass because it’s becoming more and more common to see all of the stalls on the range being used with a lot of people waiting to hit balls.