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Industry heavyweights on Golf Business Forum panel

7.57am 27th November 2007 - Exhibitions & Conferences

The European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA) has invited a panel of industry heavyweights for the final day session on golf development in Europe at this week’s European Golf Business Forum

The 2007 conference, aimed at golf course owners, managers, directors of golf, suppliers, representatives of professional bodies, suppliers, golf course architects and industry partners, is at the five-star Renaissance Hotel from 28-30 November. It boasts a plethora of specialist speakers and the panel for the final day’s sessions are no exception. From 10-11am on Friday, speakers from six countries will expand on how courses succeed in their nation.

The president of the National Golf Course Owners Association of Canada, Bill Brown, opens proceedings and will be followed by Svenska Toptee’s Joakim Sable talking about his native Sweden; Francesco Aymerich, CEO of Aymerich Golf, in Spain; Germany-based Alexander Baron Spoercken, the CEO of Clubhaus AG; Open Club France’s CEO, Stà©phane Coste; and Lodewijk Klootwijk, a director of the EGCOA, will discuss the Netherlands model.

Klootwijk said, “The goal of the conference is to bring European golf businesses together and to get inspiration to improve the running of golf courses, to share ideas, to make friends and to grow the game of golf together. With more than 210 delegates attending it is clear the desire to progress is widespread.

“Golf is changing rapidly. We need to look at what the future holds for the sport and recognise the development trends in Europe. We also need to identify clearly what a golfer requires to maximise enjoyment on the course – in short: how can we grow the game of golf?

“The Amsterdam conference is a very important innovation for the EGCOA because it is a platform in the full glare of public attention where important issues facing the industry – and the planet – are discussed.

“Golf continues to change, not just in Europe but across the globe. This conference focuses on the development of golf in various European countries, but appreciates it can benefit from knowledge garnered by those in different continents.

“It is a global sport and the problems facing the industry can benefit from global solutions. And a conference such as this is an ideal platform to hear and share beneficial ideas.”

Delegate places at the event are still available. To book or to find out more information contact Marijke de Lange on +31 20 3306103 or email

European Golf Course Owners Association

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