London, England: Asian Golf Industry Federation members Toro, Ransomes Jacobsen, John Deere and Club Car will be among the exhibitors at this month’s Golf Business and Industry Convention [GolfBIC].
Presented by the UK Golf Course Owners Association (UKGCOA) and the Organisation of Golf & Range Operators (OGRO), GolfBIC 2015 will take place at the Marriott Forest of Arden in England on March 16-17.
Now in the fourth year of collaboration between OGRO and the UKGCOA, this year’s theme is ‘Golf’s Future – Inclusive and Accessible’.
A spokesman for the organisers said: “We need to find more golfers but if there are no more golfers who will readily take up golf at present, then we need to include new types of leisure user within our facilities.
“We are clear that golf is a fantastic game, but most of the people reading this will already be keen, avid or dedicated golfers. Golf is a complex and subtle game and it is not surprising that people start it, but then fall out of the sport.
“Embarrassment and all of the fears that it brings are among the chief reasons for this, so by making people feel very comfortable at your golf facility, you are increasing their chances of starting to play the great game, even if their first experience of a golf course is through kicking a ball!”
Shanghai, China: PacificPine Sports, exclusive operator of the PGA Youth Development golf academies in Greater China, has partnered with Lanhai International Golf Club to open a new PGA Learning and Performance Centre.