... the following AGCSA and state superintendent association members who are holding major events in the coming week:
If you have a major event coming up at your club and would like it mentioned in The Cut, or have recently held a major tournament, then please email details and photos to AGCSA editor Brett Robinson.
The most talked-about golf course redevelopment in Australia has been put on hold. Midway through a $6 million redevelopment under the auspices of Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead, Royal Canberra Golf Club has decided to suspend the final stage of the project (holes 19-27) once works on the second nine (holes 10-18, which are due to open this spring) are completed.
According to an article published in The Canberra Times on Tuesday, an email was sent last weekend informing all members of the decision. Royal Canberra president Mac Howell is quoted in the article as saying the principal reasons behind the decision were to consolidate the club’s financial position, to avoid wear and tear on the redeveloped holes (which boast bentgrass fairways, a first in Australia) as well as the club’s current search for a new course superintendent. He went on to say that the club would re-evaluate the situation in 2017. The announcement comes over a month after the club parted ways with previous superintendent Andrew Boyle who has subsequently returned to Melbourne to take on a role with AGCSA Bronze Partner Simplot Partners.
Click here to read the full article that appeared in The Canberra Times.
The 2015-2016 AGCSA Annual Report will be available for viewing later today through the AGCSA website. Current financial AGCSA members will be able to view the report through the ‘AGM and Annual Reports’ page under the ‘About Us’ menu on the website. Here you can also view previous AGCSA Annual Reports as well as information regarding the upcoming 2016 Annual General Meeting which will be held on Wednesday 22 June during the 32nd Australian Turfgrass Conference and Trade Exhibition in Melbourne.
The programme for Australia’s largest ever gathering of golf facility owners, operators, industry leaders and business partners – Golf Business Forum 2016 – has now been released. Golf Business Forum 2016, to be held at the Melbourne Park Function Centre on 25-26 July 2016, has attracted some of the best minds in golf business from Australia and beyond. With keynotes from the CEOs of the world’s largest golf course owners’ associations, together with content experts, successful operators, industry leaders and business partners from across Australia, the line-up is unmissable for anyone involved in the business of golf.
The inaugural event has already attracted many registrations from around Australia representing a diverse range of golf businesses – including public golf courses, driving ranges, member-based clubs, golf facility management companies, PGA professionals, local governments and state golf associations. Along with a focus on golf business performance, the Forum will assist various industry stakeholders to improve their understanding of, and engagement with, the public golfer.
“The public golfer is the largest golfer population as it represents around two thirds of Australia’s 1.2 million active golfers, with the remaining third being members of golf clubs,” says event organiser Andrew Davies. “Golfers are engaging with the sport in various ways via public golf courses, driving ranges, virtual golf facilities and increasingly through playing golf at member-based clubs. It’s time to bring everyone together to uncover the many opportunities that these golfers represent.”
As an industry supporter of Golf Business Forum 2016, AGCSA members receive a special VIP rate for delegate passes to the event ($850). This provides a $100 discount from the first release price ($950) and $200 from the standard release price ($1,050). To register, head to http://www.golfbusinessforum.com.au/industry-supporters/and follow the links to VIP registration. There you will need to put in a special access code which can be obtained by contacting the AGCSA office on (030 9548 8600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. There are only a limited number of VIP passes remaining, so secure your delegate pass as soon as you can. More information on the event is available at www.golfbusinessforum.com.au including the full the event programme and speakers.