7th Asian Golf Tourism Convention
Apr 22 – Apr 25 all-day
Mini Summit Focus on Growing Golf Tourism in Vietnam
May 11 all-day

Growing Golf Tourism in Vietnam will be the central theme at next month’s Club Management Mini Summit.

Featuring an array of high-profile speakers, the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF) organised event on May 11 will be attended by a mixture of club managers and industry professionals.

According to reports, there are currently 32 golf courses open for play in Vietnam while another 60 are under construction or in the planning stage.

Indeed, Vietnam continues to be one of the most active areas in the world for new golf course development with much of the growth centred in cities such as Danang, Hoi An, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Vietnam is the fastest-growing market in Asia over the last few years. The expansion, which has the support of the Government, is aimed at promoting golf for the domestic market with an additional focus on international tourism.”

However, golf tourism in Vietnam is still very much in its infancy. During last year’s Asia Golf Tourism Convention in Danang, Deputy Head of Vietnam National Tourism Administration Mg Ngo Hoai Chung said golfers only accounted for 0.5% of the 10 million tourists visiting Vietnam in 2016.

Nonetheless, there is considerable optimism that the country will see a significant rise in the number of golfing visitors in the coming years.

To debate the subject will be a quartet of experts, all of whom have considerable experience of the golf markets in Vietnam and around the region.

Ben Styles

Joining Nguyễn Xuân Bình, Deputy Director, Danang Tourism Department, will be Ben Styles, Vice President of Golf and Residential Development – Hoi An South Development Ltd, and Ian Cording, Chief Operating Officer at Vinpearl Golf.

Also among the speakers is Mark Siegel, Owner and Managing Director of Golfasian, one of Asia’s most prominent golf tour companies. In 2017, Golfasian handled 21,530 golf tourists, who played 131,580 rounds.

Siegel founded ‘Golf Coast Vietnam’, a destination marketing organisation which promotes Vietnam’s best golf courses to the world.

“We are delighted to have assembled such a distinguished line-up of speakers,” said Lynge. “They will offer outstanding insights into the current state of golf tourism in Vietnam … and the prospects for the future.

“Last year’s inaugural Mini Summit in Hanoi proved an outstanding success and we anticipate another excellent turnout this time.”

To sign up for the Mini Summit, contact AGIF Secretariat at

CMAE Announce return of MDP 1 and 2 in Dubai @ Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club
May 14 – May 18 all-day

The Club Managers Association of Europe and Dubai Golf have once again joined forces to host Management Development Programmes (MDP) for club industry professionals in the Middle East.

The date has been set for MDP Part 1 and MDP part 2 to take place at the Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club from Monday 14th to Friday 18th May 2018, with the two programmes running parallel to each other during the same week making it a fantastic opportunity for European Managers to network with their Middle East counterparts.

MDP 1 focuses on Club Operations and the ten core competencies of the modern club manager, whilst MDP 2 focuses on Building and Leading the Club team. The five day residential programmes will see leading club industry experts from the UK and Middle East delivering the education.

A Club Management Diploma is available to all CMAE delegates who attend the MDP 1 and MDP 2 courses, then pass the multiple choice exam on the ten core competencies of a modern club manager, successfully fulfilling the obligations of the group executive case study, including a presentation to a ‘Board’ on their findings and finally submitting and passing a work based assignment of 1,200 – 2,000 words on a situation at their club that they have resolved using the strategic management tools learnt during the two programmes.

Christopher May CCM, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Golf said: We are delighted to bring the CMAE MDP programme back to Dubai again, the response over the past two years has been excellent. It is encouraging to see so many industry professionals appreciate the value in continuing their education and learning from their peers, to better assist them with the challenges of the business environment in the future.”

Craig Haldane, Course Manager at Emirates Golf Club attended the MDP 2 in Dubai in 2017 and said of the programme:The MDP program reaches across all industries and teaches you the fundamental principles that you can apply to your day to day situation at work and at home. I am a golf course superintendent and took away just as much value as a club manager would from the education seminars. Those who deliver the courses do so with passion, knowledge and an appreciation for “real life” situations to apply this to. Do yourself a favour and invest in your future.”

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PayING It Forward Networking Concept Returns For 28th Annual ING Spring Conference In Biloxi @ IP Casino Resort & Spa
May 20 – May 23 all-day

The ING networking concept, PayING It Forward, returns for the 28th Annual ING Spring Conference May 20-23 at the IP Casino Resort & Spa in Biloxi, MS.

The non-profit International Network of Golf, the industry’s only media-based networking organization, conducts this annual gathering of media and golf companies and leaders. ING is “where the media and golf industry connect.”

Anyone in the golf industry and media is invited to join ING and attend the conference. Call 407-328-0500 for details. Registration deadline is April 21. Hotel registration deadline is April. 27.

While PayING It Forward is structured to promote relationship building, it goes well beyond that by encouraging the creation of instant beneficial programs between attendees who have not worked together in the past.

The PayING It Forward program will kick off on opening night of the ING Conference, when attendees will be asked to link up with someone they have yet to work with. Following a discussion of their businesses and objectives, the attendees will create a plan to assist their new contact without expectation of reciprocation.

Attendees will be asked to share their plans with the ING staff prior to the conclusion of the conference, and then report back to ING once the plan has been facilitated.

“In today’s challenging business climate, it is more important than ever for individuals and companies to cooperate in a mutually beneficial way,” said ING Executive Director Mike Jamison. “That has always been the true essence of ING, and the PayING It Forward program will strengthen our objective of helping each other grow our businesses and careers.”

The ING Spring Conference schedule is packed with networking, educational and golf events designed to help all attendees enhance their standing in the golf industry. Highlights include:

• APPOINTMENT SHOW: The ING One-On-One Appointment Show was created to place an emphasis on business relations between the media and golf companies, resorts, destinations and entrepreneurs. Participating companies set up tabletop displays and conduct private meetings held every 15 minutes. Media members use the time to gather story material, do interviews and nurture relationships.
• DEMO LAB: The ING Demo Lab will take place on Monday morning at Shell Landing Golf Club. Companies with golf equipment and training aids set up on the range and putting green where attendees try the products first hand.
• EDUCATION: Sessions include Marketing & PR, Social Media Marketing and more. Also, ING TALKS, structured like Ted Talks, returns with four sessions.
• GOLF: The World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Qualifier will take place Monday on the Davis Love-designed Shell Landing Golf Club. This individual stroke play net competition will be divided into five flights. Winners of those flights will earn complimentary entry and accommodations in the World Amateur Golfers Championship, USA National Championship Aug. 2-4 at the Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis, MS. In recent years, ING Qualifiers John Duval and Jim Smith have won their flights in the National Championship and went on to represent the USA in the World Championship.
Also, the 11th Annual Durland Cup team scramble will take place The Oaks Golf Club on Wednesday.
• NETWORKING: Several networking sessions are planned, including the Opening Night Welcome Reception and the Tuesday Night Banquet.

To register for the ING Conference, or to find out more about ING, visit, or call 407-328-0500.

The International Network of Golf has been networking the golf industry since 1990. Anyone in the golf industry or media, at any level, can benefit from being a member of ING. We all have our roles in the golf industry, but we come together under the ING umbrella to help each other grow our businesses and careers.

Along with the Spring Conference, ING also offers the ING Hospitality Room at the PGA Merchandise Show for its members, and conducts the annual ING Media Awards and the ING Industry Honors programs.

Mike Jamison

PGA Merchandise Show @ Orange County Convention Center
May 25 all-day

Join us at the golf industry’s leading event, where PGA Professionals & Golf Industry Professionals gather to discover the latest trends in golf equipment & technology, apparel & accessories. At the PGA Merchandise Show you can attend the world’s largest Outdoor Demo Day, discover revolutionized education sessions taught by world class golf instructors, network with industry experts and much more.

Women’s Golf Day
Jun 5 all-day

Women’s Golf Day is an event for females of all ages and skill levels to participate in golf and help us grow the game.

Our events empower new and experienced golfers by teaching skills that last a lifetime and creating meaningful connections.

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IAGTO North America Golf Tourism Convention @ Sunriver Resort
Jun 24 – Jun 27 all-day
The 2018 North America Convention @ Sunriver Resort
Jun 24 – Jun 27 all-day

Golf tour operators will get the chance to explore Oregon when the 10th annual North America Golf Tourism Convention (NAC) heads to the central region of the Beaver State in 2018.

The event, organized by global golf tourism organization IAGTO, is being staged at Sunriver Resort, near the town of Bend in Central Oregon, from June 24-27, 2018. For state and regional tourism officials it will be a chance to showcase the incredible golf product of Central Oregon: more than 30 courses that, when combined with world-renowned Bandon Dunes on the coast, is set to make Oregon one of the most desirable locations for golf travelers.

“While many know Oregon because of the success of Bandon Dunes, there is much more to the Oregon golf experience – and Central Oregon is a story in itself,” said Teresa O’Neill, Travel Oregon Vice President, Global Sales.

Alana Hughson, CEO of the Central Oregon Visitors Association, added: “Three of the US Top 100 golf courses (Crosswater, Pronghorn and Tetherow) are located in Central Oregon and the PGA Champion’s Tour was held at Sunriver’s Crosswater from 2007-2010, but our destination offers much more than an award-winning golf experience.

“Bend-Sunriver is famous as an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise, with world-renowned fly fishing, cycling, hiking and rock climbing, as well as Oregon’s famous wineries and microbreweries.”

Central Oregon enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year and is home to golf courses designed by some of the game’s greatest golf course designers. Hughson added: “Within the state of Oregon the variety of golf is extraordinary, and in Central Oregon alone the golf experience spans the wetlands of Crosswater to the high desert of Pronghorn.”

Both O’Neill and Hughson see NAC 2018 as being a turning point in the expansion of international golf tourism to Oregon and particularly the Central Oregon region, as well as a great opportunity to grow the domestic golf travel business from other parts of the USA.

“Canadians are our number one international market,” said O’Neill. “They have long known about Oregon, and know it for golf. We have grown that market from the west coast and now with new flights from Toronto, the east coast of Canada is discovering Oregon as well.

“Of course, international travelers are an important market for golfing in Central Oregon because they stay four times as long and spend four times as much as other visitors,” said Hughson, adding, “the US domestic market is also a core focus for NAC 2018 and Central Oregon with nearly 20 flights a day into Redmond from US airports.”

Europe is currently the biggest overseas market for golf visitors, thanks to non-stop flights to Portland. However, NAC 2018 is also seen as a huge opportunity to boost golf tourism from Asia, particularly China, Korea and Japan. China and Japan are currently the state’s two biggest overseas visitor markets.

Besides golf, Oregon offers a huge array of sights and activities to visitors, including world-class pinot noir and pinot gris wines from its 702 wineries, more than 350 miles of coast with all beaches open to the public, the highest number of scenic byways and bikeways of any state in the USA, year-round skiing on Mt Hood, the crystal-clear blue waters of Crater Lake National Park, tax-free shopping and a farm to table culinary scene. Furthermore, quirky and sophisticated Portland, boasting 84 of the state’s 300-plus microbreweries, and home to Nike, has earned the nickname “Munich on the Willamette”. There are no less than 30 microbreweries in Bend itself for NAC delegates to enjoy.

“You have to visit Oregon to understand Oregon,” O’Neill declared. “I think this is one of our biggest opportunities for inspiring travelers to choose Oregon. Once visitors experience this place firsthand, they want to see more of the state.”

She added: “It is both an honor and a privilege for Oregon to be selected as the host destination for NAC in 2018. Oregon truly is a golfer’s paradise and we invite delegates to share the passion we have for Oregon golf and hope they have the experience of a lifetime to take home with them and inspire their clients to visit.”

IAGTO Chief Executive Peter Walton said: “I visited Oregon for the first time last summer and I found the entire experience quite breathtaking. I had anticipated some stunning landscapes, but the quality, variety and beauty of the golf in Central Oregon is exceptional. It was the easiest decision of the past 10 years to award NAC 2018 to Oregon and I know that our golf tour operators from around the world are going to be blown away by the experience!”

The 10th NAC in Central Oregon will take place from June 24-27, 2018.

The 9th NAC takes place in Miami from June 25-28, 2017 (


Course Superintendents Australasian Conference @ TSB Bank Arena
Jun 25 – Jun 29 all-day

Combined Australian and New Zealand Conference – Wellington – 25-29 June 2018

We are very pleased to advise that the dates for the combined conference in Wellington next year have been set at 25-29 June 2018 with the venue being the TSB Bank Arena and Shed 6. The two working parties are currently looking at the logistics of everything including speakers, timetables and costs. As more details are finalised we will update the information here on our conference page.

We urge all our members to earmark this event for next year as it will be an opportunity for upskilling in education and knowledge, hear world class speakers speak on a range of topics both trade related and management, and to network with not only your New Zealand peers but also your Australian peers. All this here in New Zealand without the additional costs of having to fly to another country to do so.

2018 World Scientific Congress of Golf
Jul 11 – Jul 13 all-day

On behalf of the organizing committee we’re excited to announce the details have been finalized for the 2018 World Scientific Congress of Golf and it’s time to save the date!

Coming up next year, it will be held July 11-13, 2018 in beautiful Abbotsford, British Columbia in conjunction with the University of Fraser Valley.

We’ll bring together the leading minds in golf research to share their latest work as well as expose those findings to golf instructors and coaches in attendance. It’s a fantastic chance to collaborate and hear what the best in the world have been working on the past two years.

Information on abstracts will be forwarded soon, so watch your emails in the coming days.

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