California Wildfires Affecting Golf Industry
By Torleif Sorenson on 5/15/14
This week, Southern California has been suffering under unusual drought conditions and temperatures above 100°F, both of which have resulted in several wildfires. But one that started yesterday at noon PDT has affected people and places in golf.
Among the businesses (and homes, of course) affected by the Poinsettia Fire are TaylorMade Golf (including adidas Golf and Ashworth), Callaway and Odyssey, Cobra-Puma Golf, and the west coast offices of Titleist.
Several courses that have been PGA Tour and LPGA venues are also affected. The fire burned to the edge of the 7th hole at La Costa Resort, but the fire did not actually advance onto the course. Close by, the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort — home to the LPGA's Kia Classic — had to close down and evacuate their guests.
Naturally, homes and businesses are not the only places being affected, California State University-San Marcos is closed at least through May 18 and has been evacuated. Not surprisingly, commencement ceremonies there have been cancelled.
Official State of California fire web site
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