Golf Inc. Summit Featured Session: What Members Want in a Club Today @ The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds
Sep 25 – Sep 27 all-day

Whitney Reid Pennell, president of RCS hospitality, leads a spirited discussion on what members want today with practical advice that you can use to improve your club. This was our highest-rated session last year.

Whitney Reid Pennell
RCS Hospitality Group
Beverly Marler
General Manager
Sedgefield Country Club
Greg Hobbs
General Manager
Greenville County Club
Cameron Wiebe
General Manager
Champions Retreat
golf club
What you will learn:
• How private clubs are changing
• Creative food & beverage ideas that sizzle
• Families: The amenities non-golfers want in a club
• How to manage members
The Golf Inc. Summit @ The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds
Sep 25 – Sep 27 all-day

The Golf Inc. Summit is the golf industry’s premier event for golf course investors, operators and managers who want to be inspired by the most innovative ideas, keep abreast of the latest trends, and meet peers and industry leaders.

This year’s Summit will feature 26 educational sessions presented in three tracks — private club, public courses and investors. Plus, 8 networking events at one of the best venues in the southeast —the Ritz Carlton at Lake Oconee.

Click HERE for an agenda and details on sessions, networking opportunities and more!
Or call 877-465-3462 for information or to register.
2017 Golf Business TechCon
Sep 27 – Sep 28 all-day

NGCOA Announces 2017 Golf Business TechCon

Following a significant rise in the volume of technology and marketing options in the golf industry marketplace, the NGCOA will host its inaugural Golf Business TechCon, September 27 and 28 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We have designed an innovative two-day event for golf course owners, operators and other industry professionals to spotlight some of the cutting-edge tools and tactics currently transforming golf course operations.

Golf Business TechCon will feature a host of sessions set up to help attendees both leverage and maximize current technology. You can expect dive deep into social media strategy, the ins and outs of online presence, distribution channels and customer relationship management systems to create a connected course. The educational sessions will be capped off with a closing session that features new investors in the industry, particularly technology. The panel discussion will feature Greg Norman, Greg Norman Company/Verizon; Maury Gallagher, Allegiant Airlines; and Andy Rhodes, USGA.

Of course, there will also be ample time for networking with colleagues and industry suppliers. This is the perfect opportunity for you to see the latest solutions for your course in action.

The event will end with an evening filled with fun at Topgolf Las Vegas, a venue where technology and golf intersect in the most unique of ways.

Quite simply, TechCon is designed for anyone—from the owner or general manager to the pro shop attendant—in the business of golf who wants to leverage technology to streamline operations and turbo-charge their marketing.

So book your ticket to Vegas, pack your laptop and get ready to work. And when you leave TechCon to return home, you’ll do so with valuable tools you can immediately put in place.

Golf Business TechCon Scholarship Program for Golf Professionals @ Aria Resort and Casino
Sep 27 – Sep 28 all-day

Whether you want to have a conversation about effective uses of hashtags or you want to optimize your customer relationship technology, Golf Business TechCon is for you.

This two-day event for golf course owners, operators and other industry professionals will spotlight some of the cutting-edge tools and tactics currently transforming golf course operations. Presented by the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), Golf Business TechCon will be held Sept. 27-28, at the Aria Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The NGCOA is offering 20 scholarships for golf professionals to attend the 2017 Golf Business TechCon. Each scholarship will cover the TechCon registration fee of $349. Travel, lodging and all other expenses must be covered by the scholarship recipient. To be considered for a scholarship, please complete an application.

The deadline for submission is July 20.

European Golf Merchandise Show @ The Ricoh Arena
Oct 3 – Oct 4 all-day

The British Golf Industry Association (BGIA) is delighted with the announcement that a new Golf trade show is launching in October 2017 – the European Golf Merchandise Show – in the UK.

The European Golf Merchandise Show is scheduled to be held in The Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 3rd and 4th October 2017. For more information contact Oliver Peebles via

2017 GMA National Conference @ Adelaide Convention Centre
Oct 8 – Oct 12 all-day

On behalf of the Board of Golf Management Australia, we invite all members of GMA to attend the 38th GMA National Conference to be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from Sunday, 8th October to Thursday, 12th October 2017.

Please mark this event in your calendars now to ensure you don’t miss what will be another outstanding GMA National Conference in 2017

Golf and Sports Turf Management Conference returns to GIE+EXPO @ Kentucky Exposition Center
Oct 19 – Oct 20 all-day

For the seconds straight year, golf course superintendents and sports turf professionals will have education opportunities at GIE+EXPO (Green Industry & Equipment Expo). The Golf and Sports Turf Management Conference, hosted by the Kentucky Turfgrass Council, is Oct. 19-20 at the Kentucky Exposition Center during the annual tradeshow. GIE+EXPO draws more than 18,000 participants to see the latest innovations and attend first-rate education programs.

The Thursday, Oct. 19 programs will offer golf sessions in the morning and sports turf sessions in the afternoon, allowing attendees to spend a half-day in education and a half-day visiting the trade show. A combined general session is set for Friday morning.

“With 900 exhibits – indoors and out – that showcase the newest turf management equipment, lawn and garden products, light construction equipment and UTVs, it’s a natural fit for golf course superintendents and sports turf professionals,” said Warren Sellers, show director. “Having the conference sessions in conjunction with the tradeshow makes GIE+EXPO their one-stop shop for new products and education.”

The Thursday, Oct. 19 golf session will be moderated by GCI publisher Pat Jones and include presentations by The Old White TPC at The Greenbrier superintendent Josh Pope and PGA Tour agronomist Paul Vermeulen. The Thursday schedule also includes a sports turf session featuring presentations by Dan Bergstrom, Dr. Tom Samples and Laith Ross, and a panel discussion involving Carla Hagan, Dr. Greg Munshaw and Dr. Paul Woosley.

The general session involving golf and sports turf will include a social media presentation by Jones and GCI associate editor Guy Cipriano followed by an irrigation discussion led by Bob Scott.

Pre-registration is required for the Golf and Sports Turf Management sessions. The fee for each Thursday session is $99. Friday’s session is $89. In addition, participants are invited to upgrade their session registration for $50 to include a networking reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 19 at The Galt House Hotel prior to GIE+EXPO’s free concert at Fourth Street Live! featuring The Crashers. The $50 reception ticket includes networking, hors d’oeuvres and two drink tickets.

Registration for GIE+EXPO is $15 by Sept. 8; $30 Sept. 9 to Oct. 16 and $60 thereafter. CLICK HERE for more information or to register.

Greg Norman Announced As Featured Speaker At Sports Business Journal’s Stadium Sports Marketing Symposium @ Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan
Nov 1 – Nov 2 all-day

Greg Norman today announced he will join Sports Business Journal (SBJ) November 1-2, 2017 as a featured speaker at the Stadium Sports Marketing Symposium – the premier gathering of sports marketing’s most influential decision makers.

Arguably the most successful athlete-turned-businessman in the world, Greg Norman is known as much for his entrepreneurial spirit in the boardroom as his dominance on the golf course. Norman’s internationally recognized brand boasts more than 100 golf course designs across six continents, a global real estate collection, award-winning wine, golf-inspired lifestyle apparel, a diverse investment division and more. At the symposium, he will share his secrets to successful marketing, views on athelets as brands and the future of his global eponymous company in an hour-long moderated Q&A with SBJ’s Executive Editor, Abe Madkour.

“To receive an invitation to speak on my brand at such a highly-regarded industry event is an honor,” said Greg Norman. “I have been building my company for 30 years and look forward to sharing my story, our brand evolution and 200-year vision with the attendees.”

Since 2003, the symposium has studied the marketing plans of some of the most active brands in sports. It addresses both best practices and emerging trends in sports marketing while also assessing the category’s challenges. In recent years, the speaker faculty has included senior executives from Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola, MillerCoors, Dick’s Sporting Goods, GM, McDonald’s, Gatorade and many others.

“Greg Norman has developed an iconic brand that is recognized around the world,” said Abraham Madkour, Executive Editor of SportsBusiness Journal/Daily. “We can’t think of anyone better suited to delve into the fascinating issues of brand development, athlete marketing and entrepreneurism than Greg. He offers a unique lens on sports and business, and attendees of this event will experience how he attacks life. It promises to be very special.”

The 2017 SBJ Stadium Sports Marketing Symposium will be held at the Crowne Plaza Times Square in New York City. For information and registration:

SALTEX – Sports Amenities Landscaping Trade Exhibition @ Royal Winsor Racecourse
Nov 1 – Nov 2 all-day

Inturf, TerraCottem’s authorized distributor in the UK, will participate in the annual IOG Saltex Sports Amenities and Landscaping Trade Exhibition, at Windsor Racecourse, Berkshire, UK, from September 2nd-4th 2014.

2017 Deep South Turf Expo @ Preserve Golf Club
Nov 7 – Nov 9 all-day

The Deep South Turf Expo is leveling all playing fields during its third year! The golf, lawn care, sports turf, sod production and landscape education repertoires coming this November are greening up. A review of the schedule posted below indicates the strength of our program. The core breakouts for the education sessions are being presented by some of the top names in turf in the Southeast including Drs. Beth Guertal, David Han, David Held, Jason Kruse, Scott McElroy, Jay McCurdy, Maria Tomaso Peterson, Casey Reynolds, and Bryan Unruh. The DSTE is excited to add Dr. Eric Reasor to our program in November. Dr. Reasor joined the Mississippi State Turfgrass team just this year.
Bruce Williams and Shawn Askew will deliver keynote addresses. Bruce Williams’ presentation, entitled, “Leading Your Way to Success,” is a blueprint for those in the turf industry on how to succeed! Mr. Williams emphasizes that successful managers must, “Shift the mind set from managing people to leadership. The key is to focus on leading a team, rather than managing staff.” His talk discusses effective ways to lead teams and achieve success in your position. Shawn Askew complements this theme with his presentation on “Thinking Outside the Box – Unusual Approaches to Unique Challenges.”
Plans for the tradeshow are also underway and registration is now open. Changes in scheduling have been made this year to give our exhibitors “Bang for the Buck!” The Tradeshow opens on Wednesday, November 8th, following lunch and the general sessions. Some exciting putting contests are planned as well as a 36 Hole Challenge, giving visitors an opportunity to win some great prizes. Jerry Pate Turf and Irrigation will again host our Opening Reception. Following the reception is a silent auction and the business meetings of our hosting associations.
The highly popular golf tournament returns to the Preserve Golf Club in Vancleave, Mississippi to open the Expo. Challengers to last year’s winning teams are already pairing up.  A special thanks to Stephen Miles, CGCS and Jeremy Stephens for hosting the tournament again this year. A Skeet and Trap Tournament for our marksmen at Coastal Rifle and Pistol Club in Biloxi will also be held on Tuesday along with the popular Sports Field Tour with Mr. Keair Edwards that features Gulfport Sports Complex, Goldin Sports Complex and the Biloxi Shuckers Stadium.  Congratulations to the complex. They recently achieved STMA environmental certification and won national softball field of the year.
This year our Softball Tournament and Dinner have been moved to Tuesday night. This event was so much fun last year that we are duplicating all the winning components again this year including the softball tournament sponsored by Aqua-Aid and Regal. Take an opportunity to play on the gorgeous baseball field at Shucker’s stadium, or watch your colleagues from the stands. A band will also be on hand as well as outstanding food. It’s a perfect way to relax after a full day of opening events and exhibitor move-in.
Be sure to register early and make your hotel reservations at our host hotel, the Beau Rivage, a five-diamond resort overlooking the Mississippi Sound.  A link to the hotel’s online reservation service can be found on our website as well. Come play on our turf. Be part of this invaluable event exclusively for turfgrass managers across the southeast!

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