Lower temps mean higher revenues for local golf courses this summer

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WATERLOO, IL (KTVI) - Temperatures dropped during an usually cool mid-July. But, business spiked at Annbriar Golf Course.

“Reservations are definitely up,” said Annbriar Head Professional Kevin Schaeffer. “The food and beverage side of things are also up. Reservations for tee times are up.”

Schaeffer added that golfers stereotypically beat the heat by playing very early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

“During that heat of the day, you usually see a lull,” he said things are much different now that temps struggle to reach 85 degrees. “We’re seeing players from sun-up to late in the afternoon.”

Schaeffer said he had seen more golfers, but less stress and worry about the safety of the grounds crew.

“Most of the time, you have to worry about those guys during the heat of the day. Now, let them go. This is very different, but we are all enjoying it.”

The United States Golf Association scheduled the Mid-Amateur Qualifying Rounds at Annbriar on August 5, 2014. Schaffer was not planning on seeing such cool temps for that event.

“Most players and spectators need to prepare for the humidity and high temps. We’re standing out here wearing wind-shirts,” he stressed that no one planned on the resort weather lasting into August. “They need to prepare for high humidity and high temps.”

USGA Mid-Am Qualifying Rounds

Annbriar Golf Course

1524 Birdie Lane

Waterloo, IL  62298

(618) 939-4653

For more information on the qualifiers, visit http://www.metga.org/2014-schedule-of-events/


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