Golf industry survives start of season stumble

The impact of delays due to COVID-19 has been minimal at Leduc-area course.

When the golf season rolled around last spring, Joshua Davison, head golf professional at Redtail Landing in Leduc County had some serious concerns.  Normally courses open in the first two weeks of April.  COVID-19 changed all that. 

Davison still remembers the feeling when his course was finally able to open May 6.  "What a relief, but also a lot of stress.  You get the season up and running and all of a sudden you have all of these protocols and you want to make sure that you don't mess up.  You want to make sure everything goes perfect," he said.  "You want to make sure you keep your members and your customers safe."  

But while the season has gone better than expected from those bleak spring beginnings, Davison won't call this the best season ever for the course he's worked at since it opened in 2003. "We haven't been able to do any weddings, and we haven't been able to host any of our large corporate events," he noted.

The large, stand-alone banquet facility at Redtail couldn't be used at all this season.  Davison is unsure if that will change for the 2021 season. 

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