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GCA delegates will debate the big issues

12.18am 2nd October 2009 - Exhibitions & Conferences

The ‘Profit from Golf’ Roadshow on 15 October follows a new format and will be held at a new venue – Surrey Downs GC.

The next in the popular series of ‘Profit from Golf’ Roadshows, staged by The Golf Consultants Association, will take place at Surrey Downs GC on Thursday 15th October 2009

And a new format will give delegates more time to air their views on the most crucial issues facing golf club operators in today’s golf business.

The half-day golf industry networking events, which are held in association with long-term supporters Ransomes Jacobsen E-Z-GO, are now in their third year and always attract a lively audience.

The October 2009 Roadshow will have a revised format. The ‘State Of The Industry’ presentation from Sports Marketing Surveys – always a highlight of ‘Profit From Golf’ Roadshows – will now be the event’s final presentation and will be followed by an open debate where all delegates will get to air their views on the current golf business.

In previous Roadshows, the SMS industry statistics have opened the event, and delegates found that the exchange of views which followed, while always stimulating, generally ended too soon to make room for the day’s other speakers.

Key issues
The new format also allows more focus on the day’s other presentations, which always cover a variety of key current issues facing the industry.

Proceedings on 15 October will start with a presentation on current best practice in golf retail, followed by a talk from Premium Golf’s Mark Dempster on managing cash flow.

Richard Oakley from Bidwells will then tackle one of the industry’s hottest topics – Planning – before an SMS spokesman reveals the latest industry figures.

All presentations will be followed by an open debate from the floor and delegates are encouraged to air their own views on the theme of the day – making a profit from golf – as frankly as possible.

The Roadshows have proved a highly successful innovation for the Golf Consultants Association ( since their introduction as regular industry events in May 2007.

“GCA Roadshows are designed to spark passionate debate about the big issues facing the golf industry,” said GCA Chairman Ian Bulleid. “They are excellent networking opportunities.

A chance to learn
“Our format attracts UK golf club operators and suppliers from today’s golf industry who want to share their experiences with other delegates, and it also gives everyone a chance to learn something new which they can take back and apply to their own business.”

The GCA ‘Profit from Golf’ Roadshow lasts half a day (registration is 09:00 – 09:30), reducing the time delegates need to spend away from their businesses. Anyone from the golf industry can attend the event, which costs just £40 including VAT and lunch.

To book a place at the Surrey Downs event on 15 October 2009, please contact Jane Montgomery at the Golf Consultants Association on 02476 414999 x210, or email

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