With this issue we bring 2020 to a close and usher in 2021 with hopes for a much brighter year. The COVID-19 pandemic has drained most of us physically, mentally and spiritually. Quite a few businesses have struggled to stay afloat, while many people have lost jobs due to the pandemic.
As of this writing, I am in Las Vegas, though most of my last 25 years have been in Asia, developing and implementing technology for golf and spa management. The impact of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on these industries in the region, and worldwide. Within this article, I’ll focus primarily on the golf industry, and the unique impact the pandemic has had in a few of the Southeast Asia golfing markets.
In the U.S. and Canada, golf has had a resurgence. Some clubs are still a bit down, but overall the industry is doing rather well. Golf is an activity that effectively has social distancing built-in. Foursomes (groups of four) tee off on a hole, with each golfer hitting a varied distance, some straight, some left and some right. Rarely are the balls hit near one another, and the golfers are separated until coming together again on the green.