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First European economic impact study by EU golf bodies

12.58am 13th March 2008 - Management Topics

An influential group of European golf bodies have taken the initiative to set up the first Economic Impact Study of the Golf Business in Europe. The aims of this study are to show the importance of the golf business in Europe and to install a tool to measure the development of the golf business in the coming years. Such a report is unprecedented on European scale.

This project is a collaboration of all the partners: the European Golf Industry Association, a trade organisation who speaks on behalf of manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers of golf equipment.

The Club Managers Association of Europe is a collective non-profit association with members involved in the management including the golf industry. The Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Association, serving with dedication to communicate and share sustainable ideas and skills for quality golf course management. The European Institute of Golf Course Architects represents the top architects in golf courses to retain the highest standards by advancing the study in golf course architecture, planning and development. Golf Environment Europe, a non-profit organisation that promotes environmental sustainability in golf. The European Golf Course Owners Association represents the owners of golf courses in Europe. The EGCOA will run the office for the initiative.

The specific structure was developed by Golf 20/20, an American initiative which conducted the similar research earlier in 2002 and 2005 in the USA. By using their modelling and with the kind guidance and support of Golf 20/20 CEO Ruffin Beckwith, the European Golf Economic Impact Study aims to provide the golf industry in Europe with information that will assist everyone to grow interest in the game throughout the continent.

The EGCOA has over 600 members spread over Europe which are golf course owners and national representation organisations.

More information on the economic impact study will be announced on the website of EGCOA

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