The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America’s (GCSAA) 75th International Golf Course Conference and Show concluded a week-long schedule of activities with the presentation of its highest honour, the Old Tom Morris Award, to highly regarded golf course architect Rees Jones.
Overall attendance for the Conference and Show was 19,317, up 1,153 from last year’s total of 18,164 in Atlanta. There were approximately 6,200 qualified buyers (those who make purchase decisions at a golf facility), up from the 6,045 in Atlanta. Education seminar attendance reached 6,780, again surpassing the 6,295 figure of last year. A total of 675 exhibitors covered 245,000 square feet of floor space, down slightly from the 701 exhibitors and 245,200 square feet of floor space last year.
GCSAA’s International Golf Course Conference and Show is the world’s largest golf course management conference/trade show, with attendance averaging more than 20,000 per year over the past nine events.
There will be a new Golf Industry Show in 2005: GCSAA’s 75th International Golf Course Conference and Show will take on a new format, appearing next year as the Golf Industry Show. It will be a combination of the trade shows hosted by GCSAA and the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA).
Both associations will operate separate education conferences that will run concurrently with the trade show. The 2005 Golf Industry Show is set for 10th – 12th February in Orlando, with the GCSAA education conference from 7th – 12th February and the NGCOA education conference 8th – 12th February.