By Haley Ryan - Metro Halifax
WESTPHAL - Gavan Fitzpatrickâs golf course has already broken a few records this season, but heâs far from happy about it.
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Gavan Fitzpatrick, general manager of the Grandview Golf and Country Club, walks along the path near the waterlogged rough on Tuesday.
Fitzpatrick, general manager of the Grandview Golf and Country Club in Westphal, said the unusual amount of rainfall of late has forced the course to shut down for eight days in the last month alone, and cancel seven tournaments so far this season.
âThis is our worst June that weâve had on record here,â Fitzpatrick said Tuesday. â(Weâre breaking) all the kinds of records we donât want to beat.â
Fitzpatrick said the club was closed over the entire wet Canada Day long weekend, resulting in a loss of $50,000.
Although Grandview has a membership base, Fitzpatrick said the loss of green fees and public revenues from tournaments due to weather has âhurt us a lot.â
According to Environment Canada, this June saw above-average amounts of rain, with well over 174 millimetres falling last month. The average rainfall for June is 90 millimetres.
Rachel Clarke, employee at Lakeland Plant World in Dartmouth, said the rain has hurt vegetable crops and kept business a âlittle bit less busy.â
âA lot of people are re-buying again âŠ I think everybody lost their cucumbers this year. (It was) too wet,â Clarke said.
While locals may be fed up with rainy days, Kari Lewis, supervisor for the visitor information centre on the Halifax waterfront, said the weather isnât driving tourists away.
In fact, Lewis said the rain may have brought more visitors into tourism centres because their original plans involved sunshine.
âPeople seem to be quite open to trying something they hadnât thought of,â Lewis said of activities like shopping, museum tours and indoor festivals.
âWe can find lots of things to keep people busy and âŠ have an excellent vacation even though the weatherâs not perfect,â she said.