Lawrence, Kan. (Feb. 9, 2017) – This week's Golf Industry Show, presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), proved a resounding success, with attendance numbers rising across the board and events earning high praise from attendees and exhibitors alike.
Total attendance for the 2017 event, Feb. 4-9 in Orlando, rose to 13,600, including nearly 600 first-time member registrations. The GCSAA Education Conference filled 5,800 seminar seats, the highest number since 2008.
Referring to a seminar taught by Frank Rossi, Ph.D., and Doug Soldat, Ph.D., Tony Dierkers, CGCS at Heritage Club in Mason, Ohio, said, "(It) equaled savings that more than paid for my trip this year and significant ROI for years to come."
“The renovation session was my favorite," said Patrick Pearson, assistant superintendent at Minnesota Valley Country Club in Bloomington, Minn. "It was really applicable for me — we have an upcoming renovation this summer, so I gained a lot of good insight. I also liked the Turfgrass Talk Show —there were a lot of new ideas that I hadn’t heard before.”
“The Learning Tour was very good," said Trent Manning, equipment manager at Ansley Golf Club in Roswell, Ga. "We saw some tools of the trade, learned about their shop and how they manage their shop."
Not to be outdone, the 250,000-square-foot trade show at the Orange County Convention Center drew 6,300 qualified buyers to view the latest golf facility solutions and interact with 569 exhibitors.
“We had more quality leads by noon on Wednesday than we had all of last year,” said Kevin Hooiveld, operations manager for Solar Drive, a Canada-based maker of solar powered golf carts. “This was our second year as an exhibitor, and we will definitely see you all in Texas next year.”
Highlights from the week include:
Next year's Golf Industry Show returns to San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 3-8, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
About GCSAA and the EIFG
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) is a leading golf organization in the United States. Its focus is on golf course management, and since 1926 GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the U.S. and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 78 countries. The association’s mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Visit GCSAA at www.gcsaa.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
The Environmental Institute for Golf is the philanthropic organization of the GCSAA. Its mission is to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. Visit EIFG at www.eifg.org or find us on Facebook or Twitter.