The British Columbia Golf Superintendents Association is a society to promote and support the Golf Course Management profession in British Columbia
President's Message - Spring, 2021
Minus 19 as I arrived today! I can honestly say that I've never been happier to be sitting at my desk writing a report. Even still I find it hard to complain when our friend's to the East are seeing temperatures in the minus 40`s. Yikes! Across the province we're seeing lower than normal temperatures for this time of year, but Spring is not far away, so this is just another bump in the road for our industry.
With our members on the coast seeing heavy traffic on their courses throughout the winter, I can only imagine some closures due to this weather is more than welcome. From those I've spoken to on the coast, rounds of golf have not slowed down through the winter months and their turf has been taking a beating. I believe this shows that the increase in golf rounds last year (up 23.2% in BC at the end of Oct.) will not be unique to 2020. Our industry has already shown we can operate safely, so 2021 is surely going to be as busy as ever from start to finish for your facilities, no matter the length of your season. High Traffic areas, divots, ball marks, and all things that come with the extra rounds will be a challenge. But as usual, we will adapt and come up with solutions to keep our courses in prime shape and continue to succeed, because as Superintendents, adapting to challenges is where we always show our skills.
The year ahead will have a similar look to last year, in regard to meetings at both the regional and provincial levels. In person events most likely won't happen until late fall, so the board has already made the decision to cancel the 2021 Exchange Event usually held in August. Our plan is to come back bigger and better than ever in 2022, and get back to the networking we all enjoy!
With the seemingly end-less online educational opportunities we've all had this winter, I think once the C.G.S.A Management Conference in March is over, a break from our computers will be welcome. We will have some education from the BCGSA coming your way late spring and summer, so stay tuned for those announcements. With plenty of CEC opportunities already, we will try to offer some variety of topics, but we'll make sure they're of high value to your professional development.
Last but not least, I'd like to announce for those that don't know, Stu Sheridan, Superintendent from Capilano Golf & Country Club, has stepped in to represent the BCGSA on the AGA Board. On behalf of the BCGSA Board of Directors and all our members, 'Thank You' for putting your name forward, and we know you will give us great representation alongside our Vice President, Brett Finlayson. We're in good hands!
I wish you all great success in 2021.