BMI Asia Pacific Education Programme Bound for Jakarta @ Jakarta
Aug 26 – Aug 30 all-day

Club governance, accounting and mentoring and career development will be among the modules to be covered under the latest Business Management Institute (BMI) Asia Pacific education programme.

To be held in Jakarta, limited spots are available for the five-day event (August 26-30) that is attracting high-powered executives from prominent clubs in Indonesia and around Southeast Asia.

Budi Kosasih

The AGIF will be working with the national partner, the GCMAI, under the leadership of its President, Budi Kosasih.

The course is presented by the Asian Golf Industry Federation (AGIF), the Club Management Association of America (CMAA) and the Golf Club Managers Association of Indonesia (GCMAI). As the official partner, the certification programme powered by CMAA is executed by the AGIF.

The course will be led by Dr Larry Ross, a distinguished speaker and presenter with a glittering history who has been a frequent visitor to Asia in recent years.

Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The Business Management Institute is a five-day, 40 hours, intensive session designed for managers with a desire to explore the basic elements of their profession in a comprehensive manner. The programme takes a tangible, hands-on approach to the subject matter.

“For attendees, it’s another step on the pathway to the Certified Club Manager (CCM) degree, which is now the gold standard in club management certification globally.

“We’re excited that this will be our first BMI in Indonesia and delighted to have a presenter of the calibre of Dr Ross, who has received numerous awards for teaching excellence.

“Dr Ross works extensively as a facilitator in strategic planning for a diverse range of clients from public accounting firms, private clubs, not-for-profits, and government agencies. He is a popular speaker and is frequently invited to give presentations and seminars ranging from the need for business etiquette, to the role of internal marketing, and the impact of effective strategic planning.”

Dr Ross is the Anne and Bill France Distinguished Professor of Business in the Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise. He received both his MBA and PhD in marketing from the J. Mack Robinson School of Business at Georgia State University. His Bachelor’s degree in business is from Florida State University.

Before coming to Florida Southern College, he served on the faculty of the Cecil B. Day School of Hospitality at Georgia State University for 12 years.

Dr Ross, whose teaching interests are in the areas of marketing, hospitality and strategic planning, has authored two books, one focused on marketing research and the second on strategic planning.

Now retired from a 30-year career as an owner/operator of dozens of restaurants, he continues to work as a consultant to the food service industry in the areas of marketing and operations.

It was in 2015 that the CMAA appointed the AGIF to execute the BMI education programme for the Asia Pacific region in partnership with existing CMAA partners in China, Hong Kong, Macau and New Zealand.

Lynge said: “Such a link was long overdue and has been welcomed not only by established club managers around Asia but also those who harbour ambitions of carving themselves a career in club management.”

The BMI is a professional development programme developed and launched by the CMAA in the early 1980s. Noting managers at all phases of their careers need instruction, education or inspiration, the concept of the ‘lifetime professional development programme’ was born.

The vision was realised as a multi campus-based programme that provides tangible career benchmarks by which managers can track their progress and strive for various levels of competency, including a respected certification.

The curriculum is based on 10 competency areas covering every aspect of a club manager’s job.

In the CMAA 2015 Compensation and Benefits Report, it was reported that the head of club’s compensation with CCM designation was 31% higher than a head of club’s compensation without CCM designation.

The BMI programmes are completely endorsed and empowered by CMAA and is equivalent to what one can receive in the United States.

Further AGIF-organised BMI courses are being planned for later in the year.

*For BMI registrations and enquiries, please email Gwen Ng at or Krisna Dani in Indonesia at

PGA Golf Expo @ RACV Royal Pines Resort
Sep 3 – Sep 5 all-day

Following the success of the inaugural PGA Golf Expo in 2017, the PGA is pleased to announce the dates and venue for the 2019 PGA Golf Expo.

The 2019 PGA Golf Expo will be held at the magnificent RACV Royal Pines Resort in Queensland from 3-5 September and will once more bring both PGA Members and the wider industry together to learn, engage and entertain.

The Expo will again be held over three days, including sessions focussed on Coaching, Game Development, Small Business and Management, in addition to an exhibition area and indoor and outdoor presentations.

Formal feedback from PGA Member delegates who attended the 2017 PGA Golf Expo was overwhelmingly positive, with a rating of 4.58 out of 5 for overall Expo experience and 4.45 out of 5 for value of education.  The 2019 PGA Golf Expo will look to build upon the success of the 2017 event, while making every effort to incorporate the feedback provided by both PGA Member delegates, Expo exhibitors and other stakeholders.

I encourage all PGA Members to plan for attendance and where applicable discuss attendance as a component of an overall continuing education plan and budget with your employer, golf club or facility.

Further information about the 2019 PGA Golf Expo will be released in the coming months including keynote presenters, opening of registrations, Expo schedule and Expo exhibitors.  We look forward to providing you with updates on a regular basis in relation to your Association’s premier continuing education and networking event.


VIC/TAS Leadership Program – parks and horticulture sector – Module 3
Sep 4 all-day
Date 24 July 2019
Time 8:45 am – 4:30 pm
Venue Module 1 – 24 July: Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn
Module 2 – 7 August : Central Reserve North Pavilion, Glen Waverley
Module 3 – 4 September: Elwood Park Pavilion, Elwood

The program is facilitated by an expert organisational consultant, and comprises of three modules featuring guest speakers, workshops, and individual and group themed activities.

The program aims to prepare superintendents and coordinators to be future leaders in the parks and horticultural sectors. Participants will gain a greater understanding of themselves as leaders, learn new leadership skills, and increase their competence and confidence as leaders.

Module 1: Wednesday 24 July 8.45am – 4.30pm, Hume Global Learning Centre, Craigieburn

Module 2: Wednesday 7 August 8.45am – 4.30pm, Central Park North Pavilion, Glen Waverley

Module 3: Wednesday 4 September 8.45am – 4.30pm, Elwood Park Pavilion, Elwood, followed by the program presentation dinner 5.00 – 7.00pm

Thank-you to Urban Maintenance Systems (UMS) for their support of the Program.

Thank-you to the following councils for their support in hosting modules:

City of Hume

City of Monash

City of Port Phillip

Non Member
PLA Member
Note All prices exclude GST and are represented in Australian Dollars
SAVE THE DATE – 2019 GMA National Conference @ Melbourne Cricket Ground
Oct 6 – Oct 10 all-day
NSW Golf Industry awards return in 2019 @ St. Mary's Pavilion
Oct 21 all-day

The NSW Golf Industry Awards are returning this October.

Following the success of the inaugural event in 2018, Golf’s peak representative bodies, Golf NSW, the PGA of Australia, GMA NSW, NSWGCSA, JNJG and the ALPG will again join forces to celebrate the outstanding contributions made by individuals and groups involved in the sport from across the State.

To be held in the St. Mary’s Pavilion at Curzon Hall, Marsfield, on Monday, October 21, our State’s most dedicated volunteers, outstanding staff and best clubs will be honoured. The evening will also see the game’s elite players recognised with awards for the leading junior, amateur and professional players.

Golf NSW CEO Stuart Fraser praised the inaugural event, saying feedback on the concept was extremely positive.

“Last year’s gala evening proved to many people not only in the industry but across the sport in general, what an outstanding game we have, one worthy of celebrating the way we did.”

“As an industry, we are working closer together than ever before, and this is just one example of how we can further promote our sport,” Mr Fraser added.

David Barker, Senior State Manager with the PGA of Australia, echoed Mr Frasers Comments.

“Our industry relies on the dedication and enthusiasm of many individuals, and it is great to be able to recognise these achievements. Whether they are volunteers, superintendents, managers or professionals, it is a fantastic initiative to be able to celebrate together.”

Details of the 2019 NSW Golf Industry Awards evening can be found at the event website A full list of awards Is available and nominations will open soon.

Tickets to the evening will be available to the golfing community and can be purchased via the event website.

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.

For more information, or to learn more about the Presidents Cup, information on travel packages, or get their names added to find out about ticket sales visit, Join us on Facebook at, Twitter and Instagram at @presidentscup and sign up for the Presidents Cup e-newsletter.

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

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