On the flip side, I’ve been living vicariously through fellow blogger, Heather - http://realwomengolf.blogspot.com/ - who regularly cracks me up, and who, last I checked, was on the cusp of succeeding in her quest to reduce her handicap to single digits before the 2009 “regular” season ends. Go Heather! (for all I know she might have done it by now and I might have missed it...) Her blogs are always entertaining and interesting and she always has interesting products mentioned on her site. I should be so persistently interesting and regularly posting. Note to self – get on here more often and do what you do well: which is write. I encourage all to check out her site.
In the Northeast, the weather hasn’t much cooperated this season with way too much rain and an early Fall onset that impeded much of our golf season. The club had to cancel several of the largest revenue producers – the Sunday Scramble events – which are couples events that involve golf and dinner and are usually sell-out events – due to rain. Interestingly this year, the Men’s member guest tourney had almost half as many participants as in the prior year. The question is was it money or lack of interest. Remains to be seen – surveys are out and expected in later in the fall with the newly elected officers.
Unfortunately, our golf club – I believe like many other in the Northeast, cancelled more events than it actually held. due to weather. Revenue was down, cart usage was down and attendance at events was down – predominantly due to weather, although I’m sure the financial health management of the overall membership was also a factor in many members’ minds.
In fact, it played a role in how we ran our “closing” club event. This event has traditionally – for 30 years – been a black tie dinner dance. For the first time that I know of, we held a casual cocktail party event with just hors d’ouvres and open bar. No band, no dancing, no dinner, no black tie. The times, they are a changing.