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New golf technology under scrutiny at EIGCA conference

12.10am 23rd October 2003 - Exhibitions & Conferences

The European Institute of Golf Course Architects will present their conference 11th to 14th December this year at Atalaya Park Golf Resort, Costa del Sol. The conference, entitled “Tradition & Technology – On Course for Collision?” will bring together golf course architects, professional golfers, golf federations and others to analyse the impact of modern golf equipment on golf course design and development.
For the first time, the conference is to be held jointly with the PGA of Europe as part of Atalaya Park Golf Resort’s ‘Festival of Golf‘ season. The conference will include a review of recent technological advances and an assessment of future trends, a presentation on the setting up of tournament golf courses and an examination of changes in golf course design philosophies in order to cater for the greater disparity between professional golfers and club players. The impact of equipment on the development of golf and whether these improvements make the game more attractive to new golfers and increase the numbers who play the game will also be discussed.
Peter Harradine, EIGCA president, commented, “For some time golf course architects have been worried about how continuing improvements in golf technology impact on the way modern golf courses are designed. Of particular concern to many of the EIGCA membership is the distance the modern golf ball now travels. We felt the time had come to bring together all those involved in the development of golf, including the manufacturers, the sport’s administrators, professional golfers and teachers to highlight these concerns and to examine ways we can work together to maintain the future development of the game in the interests of all those involved in the golf industry. This year’s conference looks like being our most exciting yet, with a tremendous group of high profile speakers to enliven the debate. I look forward to welcoming all those who attend the event whether they be members of the EIGCA, their guests or anyone else interested in the future of golf.”
Anyone interested in attending the conference should contact Julia Green, executive officer of the European Institute of Golf Course Architects at;
Chiddingfold Golf Club, Petworth Road, Chiddingfold, Surrey GU8 4SL United Kingdom Tel: +44 (0)1428 681528 Email:

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