You don’t need a weatherman to tell which way the wind blowsWritten by Dan Sutton | | firstname.lastname@example.org
So, do we go out and play golf today, or do we trust the weatherman and stay out of the rain? 100 percent chance, 80 percent chance, 50 percent chance, 20 percent chance of rain; it doesn’t matter, because there is still a pretty good chance it will be a nice, sunny day.
As a golf professional, my job depends on the weather. Whether it’s golf lessons, golf outings, member play or golf leagues, so much of our business hinges on the weather. A good forecast can make or break you during the golf season.
I’d have to say that I am a part-time weatherman and I think I make a pretty good one. Growing up in Northwest Ohio, I loved the snowy winters and hot humid summers. Still do. I was fascinated by the weather as a youngster and it has just become a part of me.
As we move from spring to summer and the temperatures heat up, I think it’s time to turn up the heat on the weathermen. Seeing as how they got their forecast correct about 20 percent of the time during April and May, what is your prediction on their ability to get it right this summer?
I can hear it already. “Chance of thunderstorms, scattered showers, strong and severe thunderstorms, tornado watch, severe thunderstorm watch, Ozone Action Day, UV Index high, pollen count high,” etc.
Don’t go outside. Stay at home and watch my forecast and then I’ll tell you if you can go outside from 9 to 10:30 a.m. (chance of late morning scattered thunderstorms) and from 6:30 to 7 p.m. (Ozone Action Day, chance of strong thunderstorms, UV outlook high, chance of mosquitoes after 7 p.m.). Don’t grill those steaks you bought last weekend, don’t mow the lawn, don’t put any gas in your car, stay at home and watch my forecast.
Everyday I find myself fielding phone calls on the weather. Unlike weathermen, I’m more of an optimist and I like to look on the brighter side of things. I’ll watch the local radar on the Weather Channel once or twice a day and make my own forecast from there. I let my staff and customers know what the short-term forecast is and I’m surprised how they will thank me for letting them know how the day’s weather is going to be.
With summer approaching and the local economy in not such good shape, it is vital that outdoor and recreational businesses have a healthy and profitable summer. I just hope the weathermen can get the seven-hour forecast right, let alone the seven-day forecast.
So the next time you hear a 50 percent chance of rain, look on the bright side and tell yourself there’s a 50 percent chance it could be a sunny, beautiful, best-round-of-the-rest-of-your-life kind of day.
Dan Sutton is head golf professional at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club. He may be contacted at