Weather's impact on Golf Attendance
If we can understand the correlation between the number of golfers who play at Canton Country Club on a particular day with specific weather conditions at the golf course on that day, we can estimate the number of golfers who would play if given those conditions. This information is very valuable to the management team at Canton Country Club. If they know how many golfers will play on a given day based on weather conditions, they can plan on how many staff members it will take to serve the golfers, how much food needs to be prepared to sell to golfers and how many golf carts must be gassed and ready to be sent out.
We have focused this particular study only to Canton Country Club in Canton, IL (an 18 hole, par 71 golf course.) The Pro Shop keeps track of the number of rounds that are played on the course every day. We have obtained this daily data ranging from March 2005 through August 2008. Certain dates had the potential to skew our data, so we made sure to omit days in which outings, tournaments, or other special golfing events occurred. We have compared the remaining data against the corresponding average temperature, maximum temperature, minimum temperature, visibility, average sustained wind speed, maximum sustained wind speed and wind gusts.