Within this world that we all operate in, it never fails to fascinate me how the weather forecast is never very far away from our thoughts.
Before my appointment at GCMA, I would religiously watch the weather forecast after the 10 o’clock news in preparation for my following day at work. It took me nearly a year before I realised that my CEO’s duties would not be in influenced by what the Met Office had to say. However, here we are at the beginning of June and, until the last two or three weeks, the majority of golf clubs and course managers have been praying for rain. My own club, Clevedon in North Somerset, held their pro-am in mid-May, but were fortunate to have had a couple of days of rain before the event – saved by the bell comes to mind!
Looking ahead with a positive mind, how good it was to see the success of GolfSixes at the Centurion Club. It may not change the way golf is played at your club but it will be interesting to see if any clubs incorporate the concept into their golf calendar – I would love to hear of any attempts.
Onto the more traditional golf once again, I will be joining the thousands of spectators for the annual visit to Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championships albeit by the time you read this the event will be completed and the winners crowned amid contrasting stories and tales of glory, woe and bad luck. For me though, it is one of those excellent occasions that is enjoyed by spectators of all ages and gender, some maybe aspiring golfers, others will be there just to enjoy one of those great British sporting events.
Continuing on the same theme, it is only weeks until the Open returns to Royal Birkdale. On behalf of all at GCMA, we wish GCMA member Adam Moule and his team a most successful tournament. Hopefully the weather will be kind – but not too kind!
Finally, just a gentle nudge for the 2017 Conference and nominations for the Manager of the Year awards.
By Bob Williams