Oct 29 @ 10:37 pm – Oct 30 @ 11:37 pm

The GOLF INDUSTRY EXPO is proud to announce two key speakers in the PGA of Ontario 4ore Learning program. Jim Carroll, Global Futurist and Trends and Innovation Expert will be the Opening Keynote speaker. Nick Clearwater from GolfTec is a regular on the Golf Channel Morning Drive program and is responsible for the quality of instruction given during the one million lessons GolfTec coaches teach annually.

Make sure you attend the Golf Industry Expo and listen to the great speakers being offered to you at no cost. Go to to register. The following is information on both speakers with more announcements of additional speakers in the coming weeks.

The PGA of Ontario is thrilled to announce that Global Futurist Jim Carroll will be a featured keynote speaker at our upcoming fall Golf Industry Expo in Kitchener.

Jim Carroll is one of the world’s leading international futurists, trends and innovation experts, with a client list that ranges from Mercedes Benz to Volvo, the Swiss Innovation Forum to the National Australia Bank; the Walt Disney Organization to NASA. A native of Mississauga, he’ll be fitting us in between events in San Diego and Morocco (where he will be the opening keynote speaker for a major event for the World Bank).

Jim’s global client list gives him a front row seat to the high velocity change that is occurring as disruption comes to take hold of every industry and every organization. With that insight, and the customized research that he undertakes for every engagement, he helps to transform growth-oriented organizations into high-velocity innovation heroes!

Organizations worldwide are working hard to determine what to do in the era of acceleration and disruption – and in large numbers, turn to Jim for the high-level strategic guidance into the trends they must align to and the strategies they need to adopt.

A member of Credit Valley Golf and Country Club, Jim has been invited in twice by the President of the PGA of America to address opportunities for growth and innovation within the industry. In 2010, then President Jim Remy invited Jim to open the 94th Annual General Meeting of the PGA of America to challenge 500 golf pros as to how to think about innovation and future trends. Jim was the first external speaker the PGA had ever engaged to speak at their AGM. He was also invited to open the 2016 PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, with a similar message of opportunity and innovation.

A 12 handicap, he has high hopes that he has helped to shape the future direction of the world’s largest sport. He’s also hoping to inspire you in a similar way in Kitchener.

Nick is the Vice President of Instruction for GOLFTEC. He is responsible for the quality of instruction given during the one million lessons that GOLFTEC’s 700 plus Coaches teach annually. He has been a PGA Tour Credentialed Instructor for the past eleven consecutive years. Golf Digest has ranked Nick #33 on their Best Teachers in America list, Best Young Teacher List, #1 on Golf Digest Best in State of Colorado Instructor list, and previously on the list of Best Instructors in Illinois. He is a regular guest on Golf Channel Morning Drive appearances and he creates and manages over 300 pieces of content annually that air on Golf Channel.

Nick specializes in creating and training a systematic approach toward golf instruction which has enabled GOLFTEC Coaches to view a golf swing and golf instruction similarly. Within his own teaching, he has used nearly every device in the industry including: GEARS, AMM, Foresight GC2/HMT/Quad, TrackMan, Flightscope, BodiTrak. In addition to his role at GOLFTEC, Nick has spoken at numerous PGA Section events in the US, Canada, Spain, and Germany as well as delivered content associated with the recent GOLFTEC-PGA Alliance at the 2017 National PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit, at PGA Section events, Golf Biomechanics Seminars, and PGM Universities.

Presentation Reviews

Nick Clearwater, GOLFTEC’s VP of Instruction, was one of the first individuals identified by a group of his peers on the Section Education Committee to present at the Colorado PGA’s Fall Teaching & Coaching Summit. The Summit featured some of the very best instructors and coaches in the Colorado Section, and was attended by instructors and PGA Members representing the full geographical reach of the Section. His presentation, which focused on the use of Big Data and GOLFTEC’s SwingTRU Motion Study, was incredibly well received in a room of instructors with diverse backgrounds and instructional preferences. In an increasingly crowded and divisive instructional climate, it is my opinion that GOLFTEC’s approach to research and coaching helps to provide clear, measurable data and a common language around golf instruction that is sorely needed. Nick’s presentations contrast with the current state of an industry that would benefit from a more cohesive approach to growing the game through coaching and instruction.

—Keith Soriano, PGA Career Consultant

Nick Clearwater from GOLFTEC recently presented “How Big Data is Changing Golf Instruction and How it Can Improve Your Teaching” at the Southern Texas PGA Annual Meeting. It was an excellent presentation on GOFTEC’s SwingTRU Motion Study, which included many case studies and discussion regarding how the data can help golf instructors in their everyday teaching. It was a highly rated presentation within our membership and I would strongly recommend it as an education opportunity for PGA Professionals.

—Dr. Rich Ballinger, PGA Master Professional, Director of Sam Houston State University PGA Golf Management Program, & Southern Texas PGA Education Chair

In the Illinois section we have had a Teaching and Coaching Summit for the last 10 years. Last year we invited Nick Clearwater, Vice President of Instruction to present. He gave a very unbiased researched based presentation that was truly thought provoking and had the audience engaged. Nick did not present GOLFTEC’s philosophy. He only presented an unbiased view of their proprietary research and gave everyone in the room things they could go back to their facility and use immediately. We will DEFINITELY invite him back again!

–Kevin Weeks, Director of Instruction, Cog Hill Golf & Country Club.

India To Host Major International Golf Summit @ DLF Golf Club in Gurgaon
Nov 1 all-day

New Delhi: One of the world’s most highly regarded summits on the business of golf will be coming to India in 2019.

The Asia Pacific Golf Summit (APGS), the longest running golf business conference in the Asia Pacific will be staged at the prestigious DLF Golf Club in Gurgaon in the month of November 2019.

The staging of APGS 2019 will mark the thirteenth edition of this annual event which has become to be recognised as one of the finest events of its kind in the world.

“This is the first time that the Summit is headed to the Indian Sub-Continent and it makes good sense to have India as the host nation because it marks a historic milestone especially when you consider the fact that golf was introduced to the country in 1829 with the establishment of the Royal Calcutta Golf Club, the oldest golf club outside Britain,” said Mike Sebastian, chief executive officer and the owner and producer of the Summit.

For the past twelve years, APGS has been the go-to business summit for the golf industry in the Asia Pacific region. In that time, most of the great legends of golf have spoken at the Summit and included amongst them are Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Greg Norman, the late Peter Thomson, Arnold Palmer, Annika Sorenstam and other luminaries of the game.

“APGS 2018 was staged very successfully in the Thai capital city of Bangkok on November 1- 3 which was attended by some 300 delegates representing more than 22 countries – Australian golf legend and entrepreneur Greg Norman was inducted into the prestigious Asia Pacific Golf Hall Of Fame at the Asian Golf Awards ceremony,” said Sebastian.

One of the key considerations of APGS being brought to India is predicated by the fact that India has now gained global recognition through world class professional players like Anirban Lahiri, Shubhankar Sharma and Aditi Ashok who ply their game on the world’s toughest professional tours, namely the PGA Tour and the LPGA Tour. Combined with the rise of Indian stars is the fact that some of India’s golf courses are recognised amongst the best in the world with the DLF Golf Club in Gurgaon being awarded the Asia Pacific Order of Zenith which is the highest honour that is bestowed upon a golf club in the region.

“We are very proud to have received the Order of Zenith Award at the 2018 Asian Golf Awards because this serves as the absolute validation of our constant quest to set the highest standard of excellence at DLF Golf Club,” said Aakash Ohri, Executive Director at DLF Home Developers Ltd.

The Asian Golf Awards is globally recognised as the “Oscars” for the golf industry and this year, Mr. Ohri was recognised with the prestigious Golf Personality of The Year award and Mr. Vishal Bharti, general manager of DLF Golf Club was inducted into the Legion Of Leaders, an elite group of the best golf managers in the Asia Pacific.

APGS 2019 is expected to draw more than 400 international and Indian delegates and negotiations are now underway to bring in a few major golf legends and announcements will be made in due course.

“We expect only the best from India and we are highly optimistic that APGS 2019 will be the best Summit in the series and everyone in the golf industry is excited to make the trip to India,” concluded Sebastian.

For further details, please contact Mike Sebastian at e-mail:

GB&I PGA Member International Conference (Phuket) @ Laguna Phuket
Nov 10 @ 11:00 am – Nov 13 @ 5:00 pm
2019 Presidents Cup at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club @ Royal Melbourne Golf Club
Dec 9 – Dec 15 all-day

Tournament officials announced today that the 2019 Presidents Cup will be held on December 9-15, 2019, when it returns to the prestigious Royal Melbourne Golf Club. The return to Melbourne, Australia, will mark the third time in the biennial event’s 25-year history.

The Presidents Cup was previously held in Melbourne in 1998 and 2011, also at The Royal Melbourne Golf Club. No other international venue has hosted a Presidents Cup more than once. Melbourne also holds the distinction as the site of the lone International Team’s victory in 1998, which saw Peter Thomson’s International Team defeat Jack Nicklaus’ U.S. Team, 20.5 to 11.5. In 2011, Fred Couples led the U.S. Team to a 19-15 win over Greg Norman and the Internationals. The 1998 event was also held in December, a date that traditionally works well with other golf tournaments held in Australia.

Matt Kamienski, PGA TOUR Executive Director, said: “Australia has proved to be an incredible host for the Presidents Cup in the past, and we expect nothing short of the first-class hospitality and welcoming culture that our fans, players, their families, our guests and our staff have received in each of our previous two events in Melbourne.”

“We promise the 2019 edition will again showcase Melbourne to the world when the best players from around the globe come to The Royal Melbourne Golf Club.”

The oldest golf club in Australia, The Royal Melbourne Golf Club was founded in 1891 and moved to its current location in 1926, becoming the anchor of what is now known as the Sandbelt. The gem of Australian golf, The Royal Melbourne Golf Club has two courses, both ranked in the World’s Top 100, which were designed by the legendary Alister MacKenzie. In 1959, in order to host the first of many international tournaments, 12 holes of the West Course and six from the East Course were combined to create what is known as the Composite Course, which also hosted the 2013 World Cup of Golf, won by Jason Day and Adam Scott.

The 2019 Presidents Cup will bring the very best for fans interested in world-class team competition with the top 12 players from the United States taking on the top 12 from across the globe, excluding Europe. While golf fans can expect an incredible atmosphere and unmatched access to the competition, the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne will be a social, lifestyle and business gathering that will bring all backgrounds and interests together to enjoy a week- long festival atmosphere. On the course, players from across the world will be celebrated for their achievements, sportsmanship and love of the game. Off the course, fans will be able to find culinary options from around the world as well as hospitality and fan venues to match all levels of spectating and socializing, all while enjoying the very best in Australian culture.

Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren, said: “No other city outside the United States has hosted the Presidents Cup more than once – it’s a badge we’ll wear with honour.”

“As we welcome thousands of golf fans to Melbourne, Australia, our city will be beamed into millions of homes around the globe – images that will inspire many to travel here and see for themselves what we have to offer.”

As the event visits the coastal capital of the Southeast Australian state of Victoria, those visiting can expect to find its sporting culture prominently on display. The city of Melbourne has a strong history of hosting major international sporting events including the 1956 Summer Olympics, 2006 Commonwealth Games, Formula One and the Grand Slam of tennis’ Australian Open. As a premier destination for golf enthusiasts in Australia and around the globe, Melbourne is well-positioned to stage another exhilarating chapter in Presidents Cup history.

The Presidents Cup offers the ultimate setting for business development and networking for local, national and international corporations, and numerous companies will use the event as an opportunity to entertain clients, CEOs and employees from around the world. The Presidents Cup will be attended by top business leaders affiliated with the TOUR, professional golf, travel and global business.

The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money. Players are not paid for their participation, but each competitor allocates an equal portion of the funds generated to charities of his choice. Since the event’s inception, more than $38.4 million has been raised for charity from event proceeds, as well as contributions made on behalf of the Presidents Cup, including a record charitable donation of $6 million from the 2015 event alone.

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Golf Fair Asia 2020 @ Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC)
Apr 4 all-day

FINEXPO, the largest organizer of international events, announces that Malaysia will host the biggest international golf event in one location for two days. Golf Fair Asia will take place at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center (KLCC) in Malaysia on April 4 and 5, 2020, gathering golf industry professionals from all over the world.

The Conference on Perspectives of Golf Development in Asia will be held within the framework of Golf Fair to give golf market experts an amazing opportunity to discuss various topics. The event itself is going to include presentations, fashion shows, lucky draws and interactive activities together with the expo itself.

Golf Fair Asia is the place where experts from Europe, the United States of America, China, the Middle East and all over the world will not only present their latest products, trends and services but will also share their business experience. The event is also going to be filled with educational programs as well as entertainment. To become a participant, sponsor, partner, visitor, or to register online, please visit

Golf Fair Asia is organized by FINEXPO, the largest organizer of international events, fairs, expos and shows since 2002. Its list of projects is quite long. Here you can find Golf Expo, Golf Fair Asia, Financial Expo, Traders Fair, Millionaire Bazaar, Traders Awards, Money Fair, Investor Expo, Private Banking Forum, Online Trading Expo, etc. The positive feedback from participants is the best proof of effective and successful work done by FINEXPO.

Australia’s largest ever Golf Business and Sports Turf Management conference announced in Melbourne
Jun 23 all-day

The Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association and Golf Business Forum join forces to create Australia’s largest golf industry event

The Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (AGCSA) and Golf Business Forum are delighted to announce a new partnership that will deliver Australia’s largest ever Golf Business and Sports Turf Management conference in Melbourne, June 2020.

“Partnering with Golf Business Forum ensures that Australasian Sports Turf Managers have expanded access to leading education opportunities to continue creating and successfully managing some of the most breathtaking sporting facilities in the world.” explains AGCSA CEO Mark Unwin.

Guy Chapple, the Forum’s Director, is equally thrilled. “This is a natural evolution for Golf Business Forum. It’s been our objective to create an education and networking event for the whole golf industry. Joining forces with AGCSA, together with the ongoing support of our Foundation Partner Golf Australia, and the PGA of Australia, will see this combined event have a tremendously positive impact on the golf industry.”

Over 1,250 delegates are expected to attend the combined program in which both events will be held concurrently, coming together for education, networking and a large trade exhibition.

The Golf Business and Sports Turf Trade Exhibition will occupy a massive 6,000m2 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, making it the largest and most diverse golf and sports field industry exhibition ever staged in Australia.

The Australasian Turfgrass Conference is a 4-day event for Australian and international Sports Turf Managers. The Golf Business Forum is a 2-day event that connects and inspires the entire range of golf businesses, industry organisations and commercial partners that delight Australia’s 2.1M golf participants.

Both events will tee-off on Tuesday 23 June. All education sessions will be held in the main theatre providing a single stream of education for Delegates. Tuesday afternoon education will be provided in the exhibition area and different concurrent sessions on a range of Golf Business and Sports Turf topics will be offered. The Conference will expand into specific streams of education provided on Wednesday, before a combined closing keynote presentation.

Optional pre-event workshops will be available on Monday 22 June, and the Turfgrass Conference will provide further education, certification, a range of facility visits and Turf Management tours on Thursday.

Unwin explained “The role of a Sports Turf Manager is evolving from having a pure focus on the science of Agronomic management, to an increased emphasis on the leadership and development of turf management teams. To be able to partner with Golf Business Forum and significantly expand the education offering to Sports Turf Managers is something I’m particularly looking forward to in 2020.”

There will also be plenty of opportunity for networking and social interaction at the event. Golf Business Forum will continue with its major social event on Tuesday night, whilst the Turfgrass Conference will get together for the Sports Turf Management Industry Awards Dinner on Monday evening and the legendary Conference Farewell Bash on Thursday night.

“We know that successful golf facilities enjoy a great partnership between the General Manager and Golf Course Superintendent. Both Guy and I worked with that approach in mind during our partnership discussions, and we are both very eager to continue this approach and bring something very special to the golf industry in 2020.” Unwin concluded.

Learn more about this year’s Australasian Turfgrass Conference & Trade Exhibition via  and Golf Business Forum 2020 via

NZGIC – Whole of Golf Conference
Aug 3 – Aug 5 all-day

Please see your invite below to the NZGIC Whole of Golf Conference which will take place 3-5 August 2020 at the Ellerslie Conference Centre in Auckland. Save the dates and as more information becomes available we will up date you here.

This will be a hallmark event for the golf industry in New Zealand with Industry Council member associations – NZ Professional Golfers Association, New Zealand Golf, New Zealand Golf Course Superintendents Association, New Zealand Golf Managers Association, New Zealand Wholesale and Retail Association – Golf Section, New Zealand Golf Tourism and industry suppliers and manufacturers pooling their resources and ideas in support to bring different parts of the sector together in one conference.

The NZGCSA is also looking for ideas for content, speakers and feedback as to what you would like to be covered or available at the conference and who better to ask than our members and people who are in the industry. As the conference is in the early days of planning we have a chance to put forward your thoughts – we are sure you have some great ideas about what works and what doesn’t and what you would like to see. If you wish to have your say and contribute an idea to be considered please fill in the form at the bottom of the page – Thanks!

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