Golf courses like the one at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino are seeing record numbers of golfers. Warmer temperatures may be contributing to the extended play, but the weather might not be the reason for the high turnout. Nick Isele is a golf pro who gave us his professional opinion on what’s really driving people to the course.
"When we had COVID-19 golf was one of the few sports anybody could play, so we grew again."
Golf is a way to naturally socially distance yourself from the public, but Pittsfield, Mass Golf Pro Eric Maybee isn’t sure it’s the only reason the numbers are up.
"Despite 50 inches of rain in the month of July it didn’t stop people from playing golf, so COIVD and that sense has been a blessing for golf."
The Turning Stone is seeing a record breaking 50% more golfers this year than in previous years. Public Relations Director Kelly Abdo says they’re having even bigger success from out of state travelers.
"Our visits from the mid-Atlantic region tripled compared to previous years, and the Tri-State area and even travelers from the Southeast have doubled."
While COVID may be driving them to the courses, the cooler temperatures will eventually drive them out. Tully Golfer Kelan Edinger says there's a point when enough is enough.
"Once it gets below 50. I mean in the younger days I might play at 30, 35, 40, but not anymore."
Rome Golfer Patrick Riolo is willing to tough it out to the bitter end.
"We’re going to probably continue golf until the snow hits, so maybe November, I don’t know, December I guess we’ll have to see what Central New York has in store for us."
December may be a stretch, but Kelly Abdo says you don’t have to put those clubs away just yet.
"Our tee times are not slowing down, so we’re looking to extend it into November if the weather cooperates."