When we look back on this season, I for one, believe, we should all be tremendously grateful to be connected to a sport that by its very nature requires social distancing and, in most cases, the great outdoors. Sure, we had a little disruption in our schedules as our state came to terms with how golf should proceed. That disruption led to delayed or cancelled events at our clubs or courses. But ultimately most of us had a greater opportunity to play more rounds which is supported by our GHIN Posting Data.
When I look back at the timeline of events, which seems like years ago now, we only lost one day to golf from a State Mandated level (Saturday, March 28th). Now each of our health districts and municipalities, had something to say about that. Many of them where very cautious in reopening or in the City of Dayton's case used the pandemic as an opportunity to permanently close Madden and Kittyhawk.
But who is at fault here? As everyone was, and is, trying to do the most prudent thing to protect the lives of others and use their resources to minimize life lost . Having communicated with many of these Health Department Workers, almost to a person, I found them to be very polite, resourceful and in many ways accommodating. These folks along with all our Health Care workers can never be thanked enough for what they have, and are still going through, and as recent numbers indicate, there will still be many dark days in front of us.
Sure, some of the mandates for our golf operations, just did not make sense from a scientific standpoint. However, many of these mandates have also given our industry a chance to rethink their operations and in many ways pivot to these new ways of operating.
Was our golf all that adversely effected by not having Ball Washers, Bunker Rakes and leaving the Flagsticks In?
The lessons, I’m taking from this “Pandemic” is we should all take ourselves a little less seriously and enjoy chasing a little ball, with a club, in the great outdoors, with friends and family in a socially responsible manner. I for one, do not think it ruins a good walk and what I'm thankful for this Thanksgiving Season!
Steve Jurick, PGA
MVGA Executive Director