As I mentioned in this blog a few weeks ago, we’re getting ready at Point Grey for the inaugural PC Financial Open, which kicks off the PGA Tour Canada season this week.
It’s been a little hectic around here, but the crew has been doing an unbelievable job on the course. We went out Monday and looked around and it’s spectacular.
Who knows what’s going to happen with the weather? We had some rain on Sunday night and again on Monday morning. There’s been talk about a little more rain, but by tournament time, they say it’s going to be good and not super-hot, so that’s good.
We had good spring weather, so the crew has had a good jump on it, but they’ve been tightening things up and lowering mowers recently.
There’s a buzz in the community. There has been a lot on the radio about the tournament and the local sports reporters are really involved. We had a media day last Wednesday and they came out to see the course and they had a Q&A session with local tour guys.
The buzz around the city is starting to build, so we’re looking forward to seeing a lot of people coming through the gates to see the facility and the players.
The PGA Tour Canada officials have been here since last week and the optics of the tournament are incredible. The signage has been up since the weekend in the parking lot, at the main entrance and the practice facility. The leaderboards are also up.
The organization of the tournament is pretty impressive and the way it looks visually is incredible.
The members are loving it all and there has been a lot of chatter. They’re not new to big events being held at Point Grey. We had a morning shotgun on Sunday and the course will be occupied until the following Monday.
We expect a hectic week. We’ll be here probably from 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., so we’ll see what happens along the way. This is the first one, but we’ll be here and ready to go and by mid-day Thursday, we should have a good handle on it. It shouldn’t take too long to get dialed in.
There are a lot of local guys in the field and from our standpoint, we’d love to see some of the local guys we know do well. The Vancouver Golf Tour has been having a lot of events, so they’re not coming in rusty.
They were going to hold Monday qualifying at Quilchena, but they’ve added Swaneset. They had 160 guys sign up, so obviously, the interest in professional golf is there.
We’re really happy about showcasing the golf course and our property and obviously, we’re interested to see what the scores are like. They cut the rough on Thursday and they won’t cut it again. Right now, it’s not too bad, but it will be gnarly by Sunday.
It will be a hectic week, but should be a lot of fun.