The annual Golf Industry Show will return to Orlando in February 2017, with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) focusing on key issues ranging from best management practices to advocacy. GCSAA will also recognize its annual award winners, including retired superintendent Paul R. Latshaw, this year’s recipient of the Old Tom Morris Award.
The 2017 Golf Industry Show (GIS) will carry the theme “Making the Turn” and be held Feb. 4-9 at the Orange County Convention Center (West). The show kicks off each year with the GCSAA Golf Championships, followed by four days of an innovative education and trade show event designed for golf facility owners and managers, including the association’s 17,500 members, as well as for the industries that market to those facilities. The industry show has been held in Orlando every third year since 1996.
“Orlando is one of our established destinations for the Golf Industry Show, and our industry partners and members look forward to going back each time and feeling like they are at home,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA CEO. “This is truly the place to be if you are in the golf management field, as a golf facility owner or an industry partner.”
More than 500 exhibitors are expected, with most coming from the four sectors of equipment, turf applications, golf carts and accessories. The next events are scheduled for San Antonio in 2018 and San Diego in 2019.
In addition to offering programs for industry professionals, the GIS also reaches students through the annual Collegiate Turf Bowl, a highlight of the week for hundreds of future industry professionals who test their classroom and field knowledge as part of a team representing their school. A team from Pennsylvania State University is the two-time defending champion.
The GIS is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with supporting organizations: the Golf Course Builders Association of America, the American Society of Golf Course Architects, the National Golf Foundation, the United States Golf Association and the International Golf Course Equipment Managers Association. For more information, visit www.golfindustryshow.com.
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.
About the Golf Industry Show
The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) presents the Golf Industry Show annually. It is an innovative trade show designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities, and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. Featuring the always-popular Answers on the Hour and Tech Tips, as well as the largest exhibit floor in the industry, the event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders.
The Golf Industry Show is presented jointly with the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA), along with supporting organizations: the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA), the National Golf Foundation (NGF) and the United States Golf Association (USGA).