Date: April 06, 2016
Author: AGIC

Bookings open for inaugural Golf Business Forum

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Delegate registrations have opened for the inaugural Golf Business Forum 2016 (25-26 July) where leading industry participants and content-specialists from inside and outside the industry will discuss the issues facing golf businesses in Australia today.

The Australian Golf Industry Council (AGIC) is a supporting partner of the Golf Business Forum 2016 and according to the Chair of AGIC Brian Thorburn, it is an important chance to discuss the drivers of golf participation and golf facility operational performance.

“AGIC’s purpose is to facilitate the growth of all elements of golf in Australia and to advance effective collaboration across the industry. The Golf Business Forum is a great initiative in support of these aims,” Thorburn said.

The Forum has been developed by Guy Chapple and Andrew Davies from WellPlayed Golf Business Consultancy, working with key industry groups and suppliers.  Guy and Andrew have a long history in the golf industry.

“In recent years, WellPlayed’s project work has required us to circulate among many public-access golf facilities – including some of Australia’s busiest sites.  We have seen industry-leading innovation, as well as many facilities struggling with issues around capital investment and business strategy. It quickly became apparent to us that there was a genuine desire among these people to connect with other facility operators, owners and the broader golf industry,” Davies said.

“Historically the industry hasn’t engaged very well with the public-access side of the market, and the Forum is a key opportunity to change that.”

AGIC members including the PGA of Australia, Australian Ladies Professional Golf, Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association and Society of Australian Golf Course Architects and Golf Australia have also partnered with the event.

Feature presenters confirmed include Lodewijk Klootwijk (Chief Executive of the European Golf Course Owners Association), Jay Karen (new CEO of the USA National Golf Course Owners Association), Tony Hallam (Chairman – Yarra Bend Golf), Kim Ellis (CEO – Centennial Parklands – Moore Park Golf), Paul Fairweather (Deputy GM Research & Information – Australian Sports Commission) and Danny Bowerin (Senior Strategy Consultant – Repucom). 

Head to for more information and to take advantage of a limited number of specially-priced first release delegate passes.