Global Golf Summit to take place in Dubai @ Park Hyatt
Oct 24 – Oct 25 all-day

GMé has today agreed a media partnership with the inaugural Global Golf Summit, scheduled to take place at the Park Hyatt, Dubai between October 24-25, 2018.

Exploring the onset of developments in the game of golf, the Global Golf Summit is set to become the must attend event in the Middle East and Africa region for golf club owners; operators; tournament heads, golf tourism companies and other industry professionals to network with their peers and highlight some of the cutting-edge tools and tactics currently transforming golf as a game. The Summit aims to bring together over 200 attendees from across the MENA spectrum, and will feature a host of sessions set up to help attendees both leverage and maximise current business models. Aimed towards setting up an iconic platform driving GCC’s economic potential to the regional golf industry, the meet will combine insightful panels led by key experts representing organisations such as European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA), Arab Golf Federation (AGF), Emirates Golf Federation (EGF), Golf Club Managers Association (GCMA), Troon-International Division, Golf Guru Group, Destination Golf travel, Golf Marketing and many more.

The summit will feature visionary keynote’s, case studies, panel discussions and technology solutions from key players in the golf domain, and one of the key highlights will be short ten minute presentations by various clubs on unique ideas that worked for them. Hosted by White Paper Summits in conjunction with Arab Golf Federation, Emirates Golf Federation and EGCOA, the conference provides golf course operators, owners and industry experts with a power-packed networking forum to leverage knowledge and interact to streamline operations and turbo-charge their revenue model.

PGA Conference returns to Laguna Phuket, Thailand @ Laguna Phuket Resort
Nov 11 – Nov 14 all-day

The PGA Members’ International Conference will return to Thailand and the world renowned Laguna Phuket Resort in November following the success of the inaugural event last year.

The conference will be held from 11-14 November and, once again, will bring together PGA Members and delegates from all over the world.

In addition to the education element and the chance to learn from golf industry experts, the conference affords delegates superb networking opportunities.

The venue is the home of the only PGA Golf Academy in Southeast Asia and Paul Wilson, AVP/Group golf director of Laguna Golf, said: “We are excited to be planning this year’s PGA International Members Conference at Laguna Phuket.

“The feedback from last year was excellent and our team is working hard to find ways to further enhance the delegates’ experience in November.

“Acting on feedback from last year, we will be working with The PGA to design a fulfilling conference schedule. This will include a mix of common topic presentations and some specialised sessions, including business management, sales and marketing and golf instruction.

“Delegates will be staying at our Angsana Laguna Phuket hotel, which is famous for hosting large scale groups and high profile events.”

Highlights last year included presentations by Paul Gibbons of MST Golf and PGA Master Professional Paul Burley, global head of golf course management at IMG.

Junior coaching was also a topic of debate for Junior Golf Alliance’s Neil Plimmer and Michael Dickie, head coach to China’s Olympic golf team, who also spoke about training elite players in Asia.

Asian Tour winner and PGA Member Simon Yates delivered an entertaining Trackman clinic and was aided by Thomas Tontapanish, the company’s representative in Southeast Asia.

Robert Maxfield, chief executive of The PGA, commented: “We are delighted to return to Laguna Phuket in November for the second staging of the PGA Members International Conference.

“Last year’s event was a great opportunity for me to meet with a number of our Members working in the region and allowed me to share my vison and plans for the Association.

“It also allowed us to provide an educational platform for Members to share their thoughts and learn from some of the most respected figures in the golf industry.

“We hope to see even more Members attend the conference in November as we build on last year’s success.”

To register your interest in the 2018 PGA Members’ International Conference email For more information and to look back on last year’s conference click here.

China Sports Forum Returns to Mission Hills @ Mission Hills
Nov 26 – Nov 28 all-day

Weibo, a leading social media company in China, and Branded, the Hong Kong-based event producer responsible for the highly successful Sports Matters, YouTube FanFest and ‘All That Matters’ conference series, have announced the second instalment of Sports Connects.

Scheduled to take place at Mission Hills, China, from November 26-28, the gathering is being billed as ‘one of the largest events dedicated to China’s burgeoning sports industry’.

As one of the partners of the event, Mailman will help to promote and market the event through its extensive China network and invite key speakers, attendees and local media.

Sports Connects will unite the key players in China’s rapidly growing sports economy alongside the powerbrokers from the international community, providing insight, connections and business opportunities in China’s sports industry.

The inaugural event welcomed over 500 industry leaders from China and across the world to Mission Hills. Even more are expected to attend the 2018 forum to discuss a number of key themes, including:

  • China in China: The power of the domestic consumer
  • Exporting China: The opportunities for Chinese powerhouses overseas
  • The World Turns to China: The engine behind global sport industry growth

The majority of China’s sports industry’s growth is directly tied to government intervention. The Chinese Government plans to build a US$813 billion sports industry by 2025. It is estimated that technology, mostly online media platforms, is central to the market’s growth, with 82% of sports fans coming from cities other than Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

Zhe Zhang, Senior Director of Hot Topics and Sports at Weibo, said: “We are very pleased to co-host the Sports Connects sports forum. Weibo has been committed to linking events, clubs and players with hundreds of millions of users through social platforms; Weibo also looks forward to helping China strengthen its links with the global sports industry.”

Sports Connects will once again be hosted at the world’s largest golf facility, Mission Hills in Dongguan, southern China, a fully-integrated luxury resort spanning 22 square kilometers and 12 golf courses in the heart of China’s ‘Greater Bay Area’.

The founder of Mission Hills Group, the late Dr David Chu, was a pioneer in the development of China’s sports industry and widely regarded as the ‘father of golf’ in China. He also played a major role in Beijing’s successful bid for the 2008 Olympic Games.

Tenniel Chu, Group Vice Chairman of Mission Hills, said: “Since the last China Sports Forum at Mission Hills, we have continued our significant investment into the development of sports and tourism in China, including the announcement of ground-breaking partnerships with FC Barcelona and the NBA.

“Being the home of Sports Connects is very much part of our mission to bring China to the world and the world to China. We look forward to welcoming the world back to Mission Hills China in November.”

Victor Cui, CEO International of Presenting Sponsors ONE Championship, said: “We are excited to be a partner of this industry-leading conference and share our experiences as Asia’s largest global sports media property. It’s a fantastic gathering of experts and it’s going to be a must-attend event for sports business people.”

Jasper Donat, CEO of Branded, said: “Branded specialises in connecting communities. Bringing the Sports Matters fraternity back to China is a crucial step in our mission to build the foundation for a sustainable Asian sports industry.

“With so many of the world’s largest sporting events heading to Asia over the coming years, 2018 is a big year in global sport and China is in the driving seat.”

Andrew Collins, Founder & CEO, Mailman, said: “2017 was a year of consolidation for China’s sports industry. It was less about headlines as it was about building real business models for China’s sports media industry. In 2018, we expect to see more organisations, leagues, clubs and players coming out to China, and Sports Connects presents the perfect opportunity to bring the industry together.”


ASGCA Insights @ Pinehurst Resort
Nov 28 – Nov 29 all-day

The ASGCA Foundation is hosting a two-day symposium designed to benefit golf course owners, operators, and others who lead and manage golf facilities.

From Tees to Green: A Symposium on Forward Tees & Other High-ROI Ideas takes place at Pinehurst Resort (Pinehurst, North Carolina) Nov. 28-29, 2018. The event includes golf at the innovative Longleaf Golf & Family Club.

Presenters with expertise across the golf industry are scheduled, including:

  • Lynn Baugher, Rancho Murieta Country Club
  • Jan Bel Jan, ASGCA
  • Bill Bergin, ASGCA
  • Scott Brown, Surf Golf and Beach Club
  • Dr. Jim Butler, Club Benchmarking
  • Gary Collins, Master Club Advisors
  • Bill Coore, ASGCA
  • Jeff Cowell, Longleaf Golf & Family Club
  • Marty DeAngelo, Medinah Country Club
  • Jason Friedman, Longleaf Golf & Family Club
  • Katherine Jemsek, Cog Hill Country Club
  • Rees Jones, ASGCA Fellow
  • John LaFoy, ASGCA Fellow
  • Jann Leeming, Royal Little Family Foundation
  • Arthur Little, Royal Little Family Foundation
  • Richard Mandell, ASGCA
  • Tom Marzolf, ASGCA
  • Damian Pascuzzo, ASGCA
  • Dan Van Horn, US Kids Golf
  • Hunki Yun, USGA

A complete listing of events and presenter information can be found here.

This is an exciting opportunity, and we hope to see you in Pinehurst just after Thanksgiving!

For more information, contact Marc Whitney at 262-786-5960 or

The Money In Sport Conference
Nov 28 – Nov 30 all-day

The Money In Sport Conference is proud to partner with the Australian PGA Championship with the two major sporting events to be hosted on the Gold Coast this November and December.

One of the largest sports conferences in the Asia-Pacific region, the Money In Sport is the leading sports business conference, uniting industry leaders and decision makers from around the world under the one roof. It is being held at The Star from 28-30 November, the week preceding the Australian PGA Championship.

Money In Sport is the leading sports business conference, uniting industry leaders & decision makers from around the world under the one roof. Produced in consultation with stakeholders in all areas of sports marketing, Money In Sport is specifically constructed to provide relevant discussions, exclusive insights & unrivalled networking opportunities.


Registration Opens for the 2019 PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit presented by OMEGA @ Orange County Convention Center
Jan 20 @ 10:41 pm – Jan 21 @ 11:41 pm

Summit will be open to guests of PGA and LPGA Members for the first time in 2019 …

When: January 20-21, 2019

Where: Orange County Convention Center (Orlando, Fla.)

Why You Should Attend the 2019 PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit:

  • The best learning environment in teaching and instruction
  • Open to up to three guests of PGA and LPGA Professionals for the first time in 2019
  • Some of the biggest names in sports delivering meaningful, engaging, progressive, multi-dimensional presentations and content
  • Exclusive content focused on the value of coaching, coach skill development, and future of coaching
  • Breakout sessions that provide hands on learning to help you grow your business
  • Interact with the best minds in golf and sport will come together for shared learning and exchange of ideas

MSR Value

PGA members who attend the PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit will earn 8 credits per day for a total of 16 PGA Education Required. If the PGA or LPGA Member belongs to another Association, he/she will request their MSR Transcript to send to that Association.

Early Bird Discount (January 24-July 31)

A $50.00 discount will be applied to all registration transactions between Jan. 24 and July 31, 2018.

Sign Up Now

Guests of PGA and LPGA Members

We’re encouraging all PGA and LPGA Members to consider inviting guests to attend the 2019 PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit with them. This is the first time non-members have been given access to this incredible program. Please see link above to register your guests individually or grab 3 guests and take advantage of an additional $500 group discount.


Please contact the PGA of America Membership team if you have any questions or need to make changes or additions to your registration.  Phone: (800) 474-2776,  M-F 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (ET).

This page will be updated, so check back for updates.

PGA Merchandise Show
Jan 22 – Jan 25 all-day

Save the Date for the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show (January 22 – 25)

Join us at the golf industry’s leading trade-only 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.

Golf Business Conference 2019 @ San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina | San Diego, CA
Feb 5 – Feb 7 all-day

The Golf Business Conference is the National Golf Course Owners Association’s annual member meeting, and is the industry’s largest gathering of golf course owners and operators. The event offers many classes and workshops on the most critical areas of golf course operations, a casual golf outing for attendees for networking, and an awards banquet to recognize some of the most significant contributors to the golf industry. Golf Business Conference also coincides with the annual Golf Industry Show, which includes exhibits, demonstrations, and additional networking opportunities.

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CMAA’s World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo @ Music City Center
Feb 24 – Feb 28 all-day

Join club management professionals from the US and around the world for the club industry’s largest annual gathering, CMAA’s World Conference on Club Management and Club Business Expo. This annual event offers five days of unparalleled professional development and education, networking opportunities, hospitality experiences, and the latest innovations in the industry showcased in the two-day expo.

The 5th Golf Innovation Symposium @ Tokyo
Mar 12 – Mar 13 all-day

The United States Golf Association said it will hold the 5th Golf Innovation Symposium in Tokyo on March 12-13, 2019. The purpose is to discuss and demonstrate the progress against the challenge statement issued by the USGA during the 2017 Symposium: Reduce critical resource consumption by 25 percent while improving golfer satisfaction by 20 percent by 2025.

Over the next several months, the USGA will work closely with the Japan Golf Association on a comprehensive study of facilities and golfers in Japan. The findings will be presented at the symposium.

“We attended the 2017 Golf Innovation Symposium in Vancouver, and we were very impressed by the way the USGA is thinking about the future of golf through research, science and innovation,” said Andy Yamanaka, the executive director of the JGA. “We look forward to partnering with the USGA not only to help Japanese facility managers operate more efficiently and provide a better experience for our golfers, but also to share our outcomes with the golf world.”

As in past symposiums, the USGA will canvass academia, the private sector and worldwide golf associations to select compelling, relevant and impactful content to help the industry achieve the statement’s goals.

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