Groundhog Day - Redux

For those of us in the pro golf profession, this 2012 season has been long, exhausting, and now, never-ending. It started in March here in the Chicago market when the temperatures soared into the 80's in the middle of the month. All of you golf nuts out there (and you know who you are!) were knocking our door down for us to open the golf course early and reluctantly, we finally caved in and opened in mid-March and it hasn't stopped since! Those of us still working in the trenches are worn to a frazzle after the high heat and humidity we had to endure through most of the summer and we're frankly just ready to hang up our spikes for the year. Some of the golf courses in the area have pulled the plug due to lack of employees still around to run day-to-day operations. Twice now in November and December I had a "last day" to work on a Sunday starting on November 25th, then it was changed to Sunday, December 2nd and now it's Sunday, December 8th.  I won't be surprised if I get asked to stay on even longer...Sunday December 30th maybe - then January, then February and reopen again. What the heck is going on - did we move to Florida when I wasn't looking?

If the weather would get cold and stay cold and we'd get some snow...then the decision is made for us about when to close up. Not this year, even with a few cold days and some light snow flurries here and there, it keeps bouncing back up into the 50's with sunshine and we are still open! And as we all know, it got into the 60's and 70's this past weekend and our golf course looked like a July day with nearly 100 golfers coming out to play. We are a hardy lot - those of us who opt to work in the golf industry...most people don't realize how much work goes into running the day-to-day operations of a golf course and how many staffers it takes to make this happen. After all, we are open 7 days a week from sun up to sun down and it takes a good size crew to keep things afloat for all those hours. This ain't no 9-to-5 operation - in-season we're open for up to 16 hours a day.

Therefore on this sunny 50+ degree Tuesday in early December, I say - ENOUGH ALREADY - I'm done in and am so ready to go into my winter hibernation mode - just like that cute little groundhog/weather prognosticator Punxsutawney Phil. However this year, it's more like Groundhog Day the movie...repeating the same day again and again with no end in sight. To quote a wonderful holiday song - "let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!"


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