Rounds are up comfortably in May, June and July compared to 2019.
MASSILLON Uncertainty in April amid COVID-19 kept a high number of golfers off the course for weeks at The Legends of Massillon.
But a significant increase in play since May has customers back in the swing.
“Golf has really been booming (this summer),” said Carrie Lowry, general manager and PGA golf pro at The Legends. “(Outdoor courses) are one of the safest places to be, and golf is something about anyone can do at any age.”
Proceeds remain below par at The Legends for the year so far, mainly a result of the pandemic.
Income through July is about $670,000, according to Lowry, who said that amount is down approximately $95,000 compared to 2019.
A main reason for the shortfall was not being able to offer golf carts in April as a precaution to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Only those who walked were permitted to play during that month.
April rounds of golf were a trickle compared to a normal year, Lowry said. Only 519 rounds were recorded at The Legends, compared to 9,341 last year.
“It felt like we were closed (in April) because of the pandemic,” said Lowry.
In May, clear panels installed on carts to help ensure safety have allowed more than one golfer to ride at a time. That action contributed toward upping the number of players and rounds through the summer, Lowry said.
The slightly less revenue so far in 2020 has not impacted overall operations, said Lowry, who pointed to a lower amount of expenses during the pandemic, helping to maintain some balance.
According to Lowry, May averaged 286 golfers per day at The Legends, while total rounds for the month were 8,894. That’s 3,363 more than in 2019.
Longtime Legends’ golfer David Ford, of Jackson Township, has not shied away from his favorite outdoor activity.
Ford, who golfs four-to-five days a week in Massillon, said he routinely takes precautions, such as keeping a safe distance from other golfers.
“I don’t mingle much in groups and all that,” said Ford, 76. “I don’t worry much (about COVID-19). I go in (the clubhouse) with my mask, and then go out an enjoy the game.”
Rounds were also up comfortably in June and July.
The average number of per day golfers in June was 293, Lowry said, which equated to 8,789 rounds played. That figure is up 3,411 from 2019.
In July, 296 daily golfers was the norm, according to Lowry, who said 8,337 rounds were played, which was up 2,546 from the previous year.
The number of golfers and finances at the course should rebound more when August concludes.
“(August) has been pretty good for us,” she said.
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