The Australian Golf Course Superintendents’ Association (AGCSA) and Golf Business Forum have announced a new partnership that will deliver Australia’s largest ever Golf Business and Sports Turf Management conference in Melbourne, June 2020.
“Partnering with Golf Business Forum ensures that Australasian Sports Turf Managers have expanded access to leading education opportunities to continue creating and successfully
managing some of the most breathtaking sporting facilities in the world.” explains AGCSA CEO Mark Unwin.
Guy Chapple, the Forum’s Director, is equally thrilled. “This is a natural evolution for Golf Business Forum. It’s been our objective to create an education and networking event for the
whole golf industry. Joining forces with AGCSA, together with the ongoing support of our Foundation Partner Golf Australia, and the PGA of Australia, will see this combined event have a tremendously positive impact on the golf industry.
Over 1,250 delegates are expected to attend the combined program in which both events will be held concurrently, coming together for education, networking and a large trade exhibition.
The Golf Business and Sports Turf Trade Exhibition will occupy a massive 6,000m2 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, making it the largest and most diverse golf and sports field industry exhibition ever staged in Australia.
The Australasian Turfgrass Conference is a 4-day event for Australian and international Sports Turf Managers. The Golf Business Forum is a 2-day event that connects and inspires the entire range of golf businesses, industry organisations and commercial partners that delight Australia’s 2.1M golf participants.
Both events will tee-off on Tuesday 23 June. All education sessions will be held in the main theatre providing a single stream of education for Delegates. Tuesday afternoon education will be provided in the exhibition area and different concurrent sessions on a range of Golf Business and Sports Turf topics will be offered. The Conference will expand into specific streams of education provided on Wednesday, before a combined closing keynote presentation.
Optional pre-event workshops will be available on Monday 22 June, and the Turfgrass Conference will provide further education, certification, a range of facility visits and Turf
Management tours on Thursday.
Unwin explained “The role of a Sports Turf Manager is evolving from having a pure focus on the science of Agronomic management, to an increased emphasis on the leadership and
development of turf management teams. To be able to partner with Golf Business Forum and significantly expand the education offering to Sports Turf Managers is something I’m particularly looking forward to in 2020.”
There will also be plenty of opportunity for networking and social interaction at the event. Golf Business Forum will continue with its major social event on Tuesday night, whilst the Turfgrass Conference will get together for the Sports Turf Management Industry Awards Dinner on Monday evening and the legendary Conference Farewell Bash on Thursday night.
“We know that successful golf facilities enjoy a great partnership between the General Manager and Golf Course Superintendent. Both Guy and I worked with that approach in mind during our partnership discussions, and we are both very eager to continue this approach and bring something very special to the golf industry in 2020.” Unwin concluded.