Pattaya, Thailand: The Asian Golf Industry Federation’s (AGIF) 2018 Turfgrass Management Exposition will return to Laem Chabang International Golf Club.
More than 250 course superintendents and club managers from 20 countries are expected to attend the sixth edition of the event (March 13), that will showcase the very latest in golf course equipment and machinery.
Held under the auspices of the Thai Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (TGCSA), the Expo is part of a three-day gathering in the Central Thai beach resort that is highlighted by a high-profile conference on Sustainable Turfgrass Management in Asia.
The conference at Dusit Thani Pattaya Hotel is organised by the TGCSA for the Thailand Golf Association, with support from The R&A and the Sports Authority of Thailand.
Working closely with the TGCSA, the AGIF Turfgrass Management Exposition will feature an array of equipment from 30-plus exhibitors as well as extensive product demonstrations.
Eric Lynge, the AGIF’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “On behalf of the AGIF’s Education Committee and members, we congratulate the TGCSA on their positive initiatives and thank them for their continued efforts to raise standards.
“Based on positive feedback, the format for the Expo was amended for 2017 with two separate sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. That meant splitting the crowds and rotating the audiences, which worked well. Ultimately, it resulted in more direct and uninterrupted interaction between exhibitors and delegates.
“Last year also saw us moving to a new venue, the Pattana Golf Club and Resort. The facilities were top-class and we thank the management and staff at the Resort for their support. But this year we are returning to the familiar surrounds of Laem Chabang.
“At the AGIF, our role is predominantly to provide support and organise part of the meeting, allowing practical training on the golf course. We are delighted to be supporting education programmes such as this.”
Emphasising the AGIF’s aim to support the entire industry, Lynge confirmed that the field day is open to members and non-members of the Federation.
In 2017, the AGIF organised Turfgrass Management Seminars and Field Days in Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Plans are to run at least another four in 2018.
In addition to Pattaya, in the coming months the AGIF is looking at staging a Vietnam Turfgrass Management Seminar and Field Day and the Philippine Golf Course Management Conference at Cavite’s Orchard Golf and Country Club.
For further information and to book exhibition space, please contact the AGIF Secretariat at [email protected]