Fair Weather Helps Tourism in the Poconos


You’ve heard the saying– drive for show, putt for dough! Right now in the Poconos, it’s all about making putts, making dough, and making up for lost time.

If you stop by Mount Airy Golf Club, you’ll see a whole lot of this- people hitting the links

But last summer…

“It was the worst nightmare in the ten years I’ve been here,” said Chris Zelenka of the  Mount Airy Golf Club

In 2018, Mount Pocono saw one hundred and seventy-four days of rain.

A tough statistic for this golf course to swallow.

“We just stood there pretty much with our jaws dropped,” said Zelenka.

And revenue dropped too.

“That directly impacts the bottom line here”  noted Zelenka.

Unfortunately, that was the case for many of the outdoor industries in the Poconos.

“Weather does affect us pretty dramatically.”

 But that relationship goes both ways!

 “When the weather has turned, we’re really experiencing a much better year,” said Chris Barrett – the CEO of the Pocono Mountain Visitors  Bureau. 

 “This year, relating to 2019, the weather has just been so good!”

And the lack of green on radar has resulted in an influx of green for tourism…

“Friday, Saturday, Sunday, our rounds have been up for the last, probably, eight weeks!” said Tyler Kinney of  Mount Airy Golf Club  

A trend that these pros are confident will hold up for the rest of the season.

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