At BCgolfguide, we are busy during the off-season in Canada reviewing 2021 while preparing for 2022.
So much has happened during the past two years, with the pandemic and some significant weather events. These circumstances combined to impact the golf travel industry in several ways.
Moving forward, here are a few considerations for you and your group.
How will 2022 be different? The industry expects heightened competition for accommodation and tee times, banking on a less restrictive travel environment. With the steady flow of tourist traffic limited at times in 2020 and 2021, many facilities were left to rely primarily on local play. In some regions, this resulted in plenty of unused tee times. Golf courses are optimistic that tourists are looking forward to golf travel opportunities throughout 2022.
Increased Travel Activity: Canadian travelers are pent up, at least that’s the feedback we are hearing from our repeat clients. Restrictions on recreational travel imposed by federal and provincial governments forced many postponements and cancellations. Having spent much of the past two years in kind of a “holding pattern” due to the pandemic, golfers are telling us they are excited to revisit some of their favourite regions again. Continue reading “TRENDS for 2022: Why you should be planning ahead.”
At BCgolfguide, we frequently receive interesting questions from our clients.
Overwhelmingly, the queries arrive in the “additional notes” section as part of our “Create Your Golf Package” online form.
We’ll share a couple of recent questions with you today.
QUESTION: Is my golf trip going to be more expensive in 2022?
BCGG: It really does depend on the region you choose to visit. But in a general sense, sadly, that may be the case.
Many facilities experienced high demand during 2021, with some intermittent lulls due to travel restrictions imposed by various provincial governments. This had an impact on “tourist” activity, though local play was strong in most regions across western Canada.
BCgolfguide is already hearing from hotels and golf courses that they are hiking rates.
Is there anything more maddening for golfers than arriving at a course with your group and finding out on the first hole that the greens have recently been aerated?
Seasoned golfers know full well that aeration is crucial for the long-term health of the turf we walk and play on. Once in the spring and once in the fall – that tends to be the routine many golfers across Canada are used to observing.
But greens aeration certainly affects one’s golf experience, doesn’t it?
The large cores pulled from beneath the surface, combined with heavy sanding to fill the holes, can make for a very negative golf experience.
Given my personal experience in golf course operations, there is one caveat.
That is, I am generally unsympathetic when a Member who plays 150-200 rounds a year at a golf course chooses to complain loudly about how greens aeration created inconvenience for them. At some point, I believe that individual’s critical eye might be better served by a blindfold.
However, what I do find bothersome about the impact of this critical turf maintenance is the failure of many facilities to provide visiting golfers with advance notice.