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GCMA Delivers on Conference Promise

9.01am 18th November 2011 - Exhibitions & Conferences - This story was updated on Friday, November 18th, 2011

The Golf Club Managers’ Association returned to the Barcelớ Hinckley Island Hotel, Leicestershire for its biennial conference using the phrase ‘Changing Times’ as its theme.

GCMA National Captain John Dinsdale welcomed delegates to this year’s GCMA Conference with an invitation to take advantage of the opportunities for education and networking.

Attendance was up on 2009. More than 40 delegates were at their very first GCMA Conference and there were nearly 30 exhibitors in the adjacent display area.

Keith Lloyd, Chief Executive, said: “The GCMA is solid in what it does to deliver what its members want, and do what it says on the tin. We are financially sound, and whilst still ambitious to continue advancing and improving all the key benefits and education programmes for our membership to a professional standard, we remain mindful of the need for careful planning and realistic targets that are achievable and affordable.

“As Gregg Patterson so rightly stated in one of his slides,  “An idea without commitment is just a daydream!”

The main Conference sponsors, Fairway Credit, Toro and The R&A, should be very pleased with the return on their investment.

A more detailed conference report will appear in next week’s edition of

The Golf Club Managers’ Association supports nearly 2,000 Golf Club Secretaries and Managers on a day-to-day basis. Full details of Member services and benefits are obtainable via the GCMA website



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  • Barry

    A well organised and professionally delivered conference. Content relevant, current, informative, educational and inspirational.

  • MartynSenior

    Once again the GCMA Conference was an event that is a must for aspiring Golf Club Managers. The content of the presentations, the learning gained from the speakers and networking with colleagues was inspiring. The suppliers attending were all relevant to the Golf Clubs and their requirements. Well done to those organising the conference so professionally.

  • My first visit to the coference and it certainly lived up to its status. Very good speakers and the value of newtworking with fellow colleagues was invaluable, You cannot put a price on that and I’ll certainly be going to the next conference

  • Kevin Fish CCM

    A broad list of relevant subjects covered by a varierty of speakers with a world wide perspective of our evolving industry. In my opinion the best conference available in the UK for professional managers.

  • As a first-time attendee, I found the conference highly rewarding an extremely beneficial. The combination of presentations, plenary sessions and opportunities to network and share best practice was well balanced. It has certainly provided me with many ideas to implement at my own Club. I would recommend anyone involved in managing a Golf Club to attend future conferences.

  • tracyrawlinson

    This is my second time at the conference with yet again great presentations, exhibitors and networking opportunities. The experience is so valuable as a golf club manager and the cost minimal when you consider what you learn, save and achieve with ideas and initiatives.

  • eddiebgolf

    This is my fourth GCMA Confernec and this is withoout doubt the best . The confernece is now attracting Professional Golf Club Managers that are thirsty to recieve more up to date business knowledge and this year it was delivered. Congratulations to all involved.

  • Jim Croxton

    Congratulations to Keith and the team at the GCMA for an excellent event. The conference embraced the challenging times we are in and made clear that focussing on a high quality, sustainable golfing experience alongside great customer service is vital for golf clubs at this time. It was great to see an educational programme that gave Managers the opportunity to break out and top up individual skills whilst also allowing important time for networking with each other and the exhibitors.

  • Mjbowman

    As always Keith and the GCMA team delivered a superb event, great speakers to inspire and motivate the Managers that were there. the networking oppertunites were endless. i look forward to the next one.

  • Phil Field

    This was the first conference I have attended. I am the secretary at a club that has a small membership and was somewhat concerned as to whether finacially this would be worthwhile. I have to say that from start to finish it was a really good event. I have come back with so many ideas that will help my club at very little cost, I am still buzzing! The conference was well organised with some very interesting speakers and informative side sessions, if you haven’t been, go to the next one.

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