British Columbia Winters
You have likely heard, but the Fraser Valley, Sea to Sky Region and the Thompson-Nicola Valley Region have been, and still are mostly under water with several year-round golf courses closed. The high water levels have brought havoc to these properties. The heavy rain was then followed by British Columbia’s hottest day in December… ever! Pentiction, BC recorded a temperature of +22.5C on December 1. AND THEN we woke up on December 4, in Kelowna, BC to a few inches of snow on the ground and temps that were -1C. Today it is snowing all across BC, including the Lower Mainland.

Golf Course Devastation
It was heart breaking to see some of the devastation and water damage to many golf courses in the province, many of whom did not have insurance for flood damage due to being in an area that is deemed a ‘flood plane”.

Golf Course Owners/ Operators Stick Together
As much as every golf course competes with every other golf course, when times are tough they stick together. During this time many golf course owners/ operators reached out to those in need to lend a hand, whether they were closed due to the flooding or not. They supplied labour, machinery, mechanic services (for machinery) and financial support where available. The golf industry has stepped up as it always does in a time of need!

Competitors Helping Competitors
Even though the golf business competes on a daily basis from golf course to golf course, it was so great to see many golf course owners sharing resources for their competitors benefit. It is nice to see so much support for fellow industry members!

* Photo credits: Corrine Allen, Owner, Fraserglen Golf & Training Centre

We, Jeff and Tara Ciecko of CK Golf write two blogs, one is our 19th Hole Blog where we share personal experiences and the other an Industry Blog where we comment on general business and internet marketing best practices, sales strategies and give golf industry related opinions. We have owned CK Golf  for 14 years and provide business services to the golf and other industries. As of July 31, 2016 our life and our business became ‘location independent’. Our 19th Hole Blog is about the places we visit and the things we do. If you have any questions or comments, or happen to be in the same location as us please reach out and contact us anytime.