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Jun
24
Sun
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 (iagto.com/NAC).

 

Jun
25
Mon
Australasian Turfgrass Conference & Trade Exhibition 2018 @ TSB Bank Arena
Jun 25 – Jun 28 all-day

The Australasian Turfgrass Conference & Trade Exhibition 2018 is the result of a number of years of work between The Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association and the New Zealand Golf Course Superintendents Association. Due to increasing attendance and popularity of the Conference and Trade Exhibition, the two associations formed an agreement; a commitment to bring the Turfgrass Conference to New Zealand in order to further the profession of Golf Course and Sports Turf Management to a broader audience throughout Australasia.

The four day education programme will again kick off with the full day Jacobsen workshop on Monday 25 June.  These will again feature both an Agronomic and Management topic.  Tuesday June 26 sees a the traditional plenary full day of sessions before delegates break off into either dedicated Golf or Sportsfield streams on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June.

All delegates can also take advantage of some of the specialised workshops that will run concurrently to various streams.  These need to be registered for individually however are included in the full delegate registration price.

For more information about the Australasian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition, please click here to open the dedicated ATC2018 website or contact AGCSA Events and Education Manager Simone Staples.

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.

Jul
11
Wed
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.

 

Jul
15
Sun
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Gregg Patterson and Norm Spitzig Australian Roadshow – Brisbane/Gold Coast @ TBC- Gold Coast or Brisbane
Jul 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Gregg Patterson and Norm Spitzig Australian Roadshow – Brisbane/Gold Coast @ TBC- Gold Coast or Brisbane

LEADERSHIP MASTERCLASS: Small group mentor discussion with both Norm Spitzig and Gregg Patterson- A lot of coffee (or couple beers) and you pose the questions that you have always wanted to ask!

*$79pp  (Minimum 5 pax needed) TBC   *Please contact Mike to register interest.

If you have interest in attending any of these events, to schedule Gregg and Norm for your own personalised staff training or to be involved in a small mentor workshop with them, please drop Mike Orloff an email at mike@golfindustrycentral.com.au or call on 0415 682 259.

Jul
16
Mon
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Gregg Patterson and Norm Spitzig Australian Roadshow – Brisbane – Golf Queensland workshop – Virginia GC @ Virginia Golf club
Jul 16 @ 8:30 am – 2:30 pm
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Gregg Patterson and Norm Spitzig Australian Roadshow - Brisbane – Golf Queensland workshop – Virginia GC @ Virginia Golf club

“Growing membership through effective service, club culture and participation”

 

Click here for full details and to register

*PGA members will receive ACE credit for attending this event.

Jul
17
Tue
The Keno Right Direction Conference 2018 – Outside Insight– Cairns – Clubs Queensland @ The Surf Club Palm Cove
Jul 17 – Jul 19 all-day

*Click for full details and to register via Clubs Qld (member and non- member pricing available.)

Gregg and Norm are the Keynote speakers as well part of small group workshops during the event.

Member and non member pricing is available.

Sometimes the best way to gain insight is to get outside!

This year we invite you to join us and step outside your club to take a really good look at your business objectively, and then walk back in the front door having gained insight from a great line up of educational keynote sessions and workshops.

This will provide a perfect balance of insightful tips and tools for your community club and business operations. Learn from the best in how to step it up a notch and gain valuable ‘outside insight’ to get going in the Right Direction!

This conference is designed specifically for Club Managers, senior staff and committee personnel and offers delegates the opportunity to network with colleagues and engage with highly experienced advisors, consultants and mentors from the community club industry.

Day two features a selection of subject specific workshops to maximise the benefit for your HR Managers, Financial Controllers, Marketing Managers, etc to attend the conference as part of their ongoing development and training.

The content is extremely relevant and we guarantee every attendee will leave having learnt something directly applicable to his/her role and growth.

By attending this conference and inviting your team to accompany you, you are positioning yourself and your community club for future success.

Part of the Keno Right Direction keynote speaker line-up is duo Gregg Patterson and Norman Spitzig from the U.S, who will also host joint workshops in Australia 15-23 July, 2018.

Click here for full conference program

Click here to get registration form

*Non members are welcome to attend but at slightly different costs, email for more info.

Jul
20
Fri
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Gregg Patterson and Norm Spitzig Australian Roadshow – Sydney – Bonnie Doon GC @ Bonnie Doon Golf Club
Jul 20 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Gregg Patterson and Norm Spitzig Australian Roadshow - Sydney – Bonnie Doon GC @ Bonnie Doon Golf Club

Session 1: 8:30-10:30am

  • TEAM BUILDING:
    • Creating and Sustaining the Powerfully Effective Service Culture
      • $66 per person including tea/coffee and light snacks.

Session 2: 11:30 – 2pm

  • TEAM LEADING:
    • The Signals of Leadership: The Good Leadership Template
      • $79 per person including tea/coffee and light lunch.

Session 3: 2:30-4:30pm

  • TEAM BUILDING:
    • Creating and Sustaining the Powerfully Effective Service Culture
      • $66 per person including tea/coffee and light snacks

If you have interest in attending any of these events, to schedule Gregg and Norm for your own personalised staff training or to be involved in a small mentor workshop with them, please drop Mike Orloff an email at mike@golfindustrycentral.com.au or call on 0415 682 259.

 

Jul
21
Sat
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Gregg Patterson and Norm Spitzig Australian Roadshow – Sydney – Bonnie Doon GC @ Bonnie Doon Golf Club
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
“The Boys Are Back In Town” – Gregg Patterson and Norm Spitzig Australian Roadshow – Sydney – Bonnie Doon GC @ Bonnie Doon Golf Club

LEADERSHIP MASTERCLASS: Small group mentor discussion with both Norm Spitzig and Gregg Patterson- A lot of coffee and you pose the questions that you have always wanted to ask!

$79pp (Minimum 5 pax needed) TBC *Please contact Mike to register interest.

If you have interest in attending any of these events, to schedule Gregg and Norm for your own personalised staff training or to be involved in a small mentor workshop with them, please drop Mike Orloff an email at mike@golfindustrycentral.com.au or call on 0415 682 259.

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