The fourth annual conference of the Organisation of Golf Range Owners will be at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel, Maidstone on 16th March, sponsored by Global Ranges, a company specialising in the building of steel frame range buildings.
The Conference starts at 9.30 and there will be four presentations before lunch, followed by three presentations in the afternoon including a round-the-table discussion between all the delegates.
This will give you a great chance to share ideas, the best of which will be collated by us and summarised in the final session of the day.
There will be a Table-Top Exhibition starting at 12.30 for around 2 hours. This was a very popular feature at last year’s event and there has been an excellent take up of advance exhibitor bookings.
The event carries 25 CPD points for all PGA professionals.
There is a strong line-up of speakers again this year including:
Vivien Saunders, who will be taking a closer look at some of the new opportunities for golf ranges and addressing some of the inequalities that exist in the golf industry today. Vivien is one of the most experienced and talented golfers of the last few decades, a former PGA professional, qualified lawyer, multiple tournament winner, author and the owner of two golf complexes.
TrackMan will be available to driving ranges in the UK towards the end of 2006 and Klaus Eldup-Jà¸rgensen, the CEO and co-founder of TrackMan, will be showing the new systems benefits. These include teaching and club fitting programmes, but perhaps more importantly the opportunity to use a normal range bay as an interactive golf games consul. The TrackMan technology originally came from the military and was used for ballistic tracking. It is accurate within a few inches over the whole flight of the ball and can, for the first time ever, give exact data on the performance of a golf ball after it has left the club. All other systems to date have extrapolated their data from ‘snapshots’ at, or just after impact – this new technology is completely different.
The PGA Collection have just announced that they are to sponsor ‘Learn to Play in May’, which will give another boost to range operators. Colin Jenkins and Rohan Barnett will be highlighting the key points for all operators wishing to run a successful campaign and Richard Jewell, the managing director of The PGA Collection will be available to show how the new partnership will benefit range operators
David Piggins, chief executive of Playgolf Holdings PLC, will explain his company’s focus on the golf industry and the new style centres that Playgolf is creating.
Junior Golf is, arguably, the most important subject in the golf industry today Mike Round heads the Golf Foundation, charged with growing the junior game throughout the UK. His insights will be of great benefit to range operators, whose facilities are normally ideal for the younger golfer.
Lunch is included for all delegates and the Conference is expected to conclude by 5 pm. The hotel is offering a special room rate to all delegates who require accommodation.