The trade exhibition at Munich’s M.O.C. started a day earlier this year, on Wednesday 3rd March, and this meant that the FAIRWAY 2005, 11th Golf Course Congress and the trade exhibition were better linked. By the close of the trade fair day, at 3 pm on Friday 4th March, more than 2,500 visitors (2004: 2,370) were counted, including more than 650 (2004: 625) from 29 other countries. The largest numbers of non-German visitors came from Austria, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy, Hungary and Poland.
The 114 exhibitors from eight countries (down slightly from 2004: 119 exhibitors from 10 countries) presented a wide selection of products from golf course planning, design, construction and maintenance through to equipment for golf ranges, clubhouses and service buildings.
An exhibitor survey showed that most exhibitors evaluated the trade fair as either “excellent to good” or even “excellent to very good”
Hubert Kleiner from the Greenkeeper Verband Deutschland commented, “The frequency at our booth was very good and many new colleagues were there. The event was planned very well overall.” Dr. Klaus Mà¼ller-Beck from the Deutschen Rasengesellschaft e.V. said, “Thursday was especially phenomenal and we were able to sign up many new members.”
The “Symposium for Golf Course Managers” held by Messe Mà¼nchen GmbH, the Deutschen Golf Verband, the Golf Management Verband Deutschland and the PGA of Germany was completely sold out.
Klaus Dallmeyer, chief executive officer of the Deutschen Golf Verband, said, “The symposium was characterized by a very high level of technical expertise – not just on the side of the speakers but also in the subsequent discussion. We had to extend the time substantially, because there were so many comprehensive and detailed questions.”
The Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA) workshop, which took place for the second time within the framework of FAIRWAY, was also very well received. Dean S. Cleaver said, “The workshop offered a very nice package and we are already looking forward to next year. On average 80 people were present during the day. We recognize that more people from foreign countries focus on FAIRWAY as an event where they want to be.”
FAIRWAY 2006, the 12th Golf Course Congress with trade exhibition, is scheduled for the beginning of March 2006.