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Registrations for GolfBIC 2017 now open

1.30pm 11th November 2016 - Exhibitions & Conferences

GolfBIC 2016 Reception Area
GolfBIC 2016 Reception Area

Registrations for the Golf Business & Industry Convention (GolfBIC) in Harrogate are now open and the programme on 17 – 18 January looks to be the most exciting to date

The two-day event in Harrogate on 17 – 18 January will feature a number of thought-provoking seminars and discussions, designed to aid golf course and range owners and operators to enhance their businesses, attract new members, grow the game of golf as well as providing a chance to network with other golf and range owners, operators and some of golf’s most influential figureheads.

Jay Karen, CEO of NGCOA
Jay Karen, CEO of NGCOA

There are some truly exceptional speakers and the tone for the event is to be set by Grant Wright, CEO of World of Golf, who has vast experience in making golf fun. He oversees the largest collection of Adventure Golf Courses, as well as running the busiest golf range in Europe.

Golf operators also contributing include Ian Bonser, Owner of the ‘National Award Winning’ 3 Hammers Golf Complex for the past 30 years, who will explain how they have developed a successful and profitable business, attracting hundreds of new golfers to the game each year.

The event will also see the return of renowned speaker Gregg Patterson, the former GM of the Beach Club in Santa Monica for 34 years and now President of Tribal Magic, who will address the principles and practices of team building and will clearly outline practices for taking these oft times “warring tribes” – line employees, Course Manager, Pro, Club Manager, Members and Owners and transforming them into a tightly knit, highly productive, more effective, goal oriented TEAM.

Steve Otto from the R&A will talk about the way the game is played at all levels and show ways in which data can be used to guide decisions, whilst Nick Pink, CEO of England Golf, Sandy Jones CEO of the PGA, Jim Croxton, CEO of BIGGA, Lodewijk Klootwijk, CEO of the EGCOA and Andy Lloyd-Skinner, UKGCOA CEO will all take part in a Forum Discussion and Q & A from the delegates.

Dr Steve Otto
Dr Steve Otto

GolfBIC is hosted by the UK Golf Course Owners Association and The Organisation of Golf & Range Operators and takes place on 17th and 18th January 2017 at the Harrogate International Centre alongside BTME, which is Europe’s leading exhibition for turf professionals and buyers.

The cost to attend the event is just £50.00 for UKGCOA, OGRO and BIGGA members and £100.00 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased through the Continue to Learn booking page


Tuesday 17th January 2017

08:00 – 08:30    Registration, tea/coffee and networking

08:30 – 09:30    Golf at the Rio 2016 Olympics

09:30 – 11:00    BTME Exhibition

11:00 – 11:30    Registration, tea/coffee and networking

11:30 – 11:45    Welcome – From Host Naga Munchetty and UKGCOA Chairman

11:45 – 12:30    Keynote Presentation – Grant Wright, CEO of World of Golf

12:30 – 13:30    Lessons from the US Golf Market – Jay Karen, CEO of the NGCOA

13:30 – 14:15    Lunch and networking break

14:15 – 15:00    Golf Retail – What’s best for your golf facility – Dan Gathercole, American Golf

15:00 – 15:15    Tea/coffee and networking break

15:15 – 16:30    UK Golf Industry Leaders in the Spotlight – Moderated by Naga Munchetty

16:30                    Drinks Reception

Naga Munchetty
Naga Munchetty

Wednesday 18th January 2017

08:00 – 08:30    Registration, tea/coffee and networking

08:30 – 09:30    The Ryder Cup-Past, Present and Future

09:30 – 09:45    Registration, tea/coffee and networking

09:45 – 10:15    Award winning formula for golf success – Ian Bonser, Owner of 3 Hammers

10:15 – 11:30    Forging the Team – Course Manager, Staff, Pro, Manager, Owner – Gregg Patterson, President of Tribal Magic

11:30 – 11:45    Tea/Coffee and networking break

11:45 – 12:30    Food and Drink Forum Discussion

12:30 – 13:15    Get Into Golf’ Forum Discussion – with Bromsgrove Golf Centre, Worcestershire; Nene Park Golf, Cambridgeshire and Norwood Park Golf Centre, Nottinghamshire

13:15 – 14:00    Lunch and networking break

14:00 – 14:45    Data based decision-making – Dr Steve Otto, the R&A

14:45 – 15:30    UKGCOA Open Forum, including a Taxation Update

15:30 – 15:45    Close


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