Affordable Golf Symposium Set
BY HOWARD WARD
Several riveting discussions will be held as some of the most knowledgeable names in the golf industry will come together at the Southern Pines Golf Club for the third annual Symposium on Affordable Golf, Oct. 29-30.
The third annual symposium is scheduled for one-and-a half days, followed by a golf outing on the Donald Ross-designed Southern Pines Golf Club Tuesday afternoon.
As in the past, the Symposium on Affordable Golf raises awareness and understanding of the challenges of the golf industry through open discussion, exchange of ideas, and highlighting successes that promote the health and sustainability of golf.
There is no fee for attendance, and attending members of the PGA, the LPGA and the GCSAA will be eligible to receive continuing education credits.
The agenda includes Jim Hyler of Raleigh, former president of the USGA, and the immediate past president of the GCSAA, Bob Randquist, in a discussion titled “Brown is the New Green? Firm and Fast? Or is it Something Else?”
This discussion will focus on a recent trend in course setup that is actually a return to an earlier time and can possibly reduce the costs of the game.
A roundtable discussion titled “The Golf Generation Gap” will feature teaching professionals Dana Rader of Charlotte and Bob Zydonik, along with renowned author James Dodson and a foursome of golfers from different generations and skill levels.
The roundtable will span approximately 50 years of age difference discussing and debating the challenges in making the game attractive to younger generations that may be turned off by the traditions of golf.
Case studies detailing successful and affordable golf operations from different regions of the world are scheduled. Other topics include “The Curious Case of the Taj-Mahalics,” “Let’s Start Romancing the Game Again Instead of Selling the Business,” and “Where Sustainability and GolfSpeak Intersect.”
Finally, the results of the survey The Golf Experience — Your Way will be reviewed and discussed. A link to the survey is accessible at www.symposiumonaffordablegolf.com.
Registration for the event is now open.
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