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The Golf Business & Industry Convention GolfBIC 2013

January 18, 2013

The UK Golf Course Owners Association (UKGCOA) and The Organisation of Golf & Range Operators (OGRO) would be delighted if you can join them for the Second GolfBIC at the Marriott Forest of Arden – 11th and 12th March 2013, one of the most relevant and enjoyable fixtures on the golf industry calendar.

As a member of either OGRO, UKGCOA or BGIA, the event costs just £195 + VAT to attend and to register just email

The fee includes: buffet lunch on day one, dinner, pre-dinner drinks and accommodation with breakfast on a single room basis at The Marriott Forest of Arden. Access to the exhibition, all seminars, the workshops on day two are also included.

The event has changed substantially since last year and the exhibition has been condensed into one day, with the bulk of the presentations also taking place on the first day. Day two is devoted to more detailed and specific work and there are a number of specialist workshops scheduled on the second morning. These will involve a smaller group and get into each subject in more depth. There will also be an opportunity to play golf or enjoy the other facilities of the resort with friends and colleagues if you wish.

The design of the event is to give all delegates the maximum opportunity to network with other golf course, resort and range owner-operators and others within the golf industry over the two days of the event. There is a selection of excellent speakers and a wide ranging table-top exhibition, which will run throughout the event.

The event runs from the morning of Monday 11th March and a great turn out is expected for the dinner in the evening, with money once again bein raised for the Golf Foundation.

For PGA professionals the event carries 50 CPD points – 25 points for each day’s attendance. Please ensure that you let us have your PGA number to ensure that you are credited with the points.

Seminar and Event Programme for GolfBIC 2013

Programme for Monday March 11th
07:00 - 09:00 Exhibitors Set Up
09:00 - 17:00 Golf BIC Exhibition - open all day

Tea/Coffee in Exhibition Hall all day

09:50 - 10:00 Official Opening and Welcome - Rohan Barnett (Managing Director OGRO) and Colin Mayes (Chairman, UKGCOA)
10:00 - 10:30 Classic Links Design - An Architect's View - Martin Hawtree (Hawtree Ltd)
10:30 - 11:00 The Economic Impact of Golf on the Economy of Europe - John Bushell (SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS INC) , introduced by Rob Maxfield from the PGA
12:00 - 12:30 Running a Superange - Grant Wright (World of Golf)

12:30 - 14:30 Lunch in Exhibition Hall

14:30 - 15:00 Lessons from the US Golf Industry - Gregg Patterson (The Beach Club, Santa Monica)
15:00 - 15:30 Q&A with the OGRO President John Jacobs OBE
17:00 Exhibition Closes
17:00 - 18:00 State of the Industry - Panel Discussion Moderated by: Rohan Barnett
Colin Mayes UKGCOA Lodewijk Klootwijk EGCOA
Jerry Kilby CMAE Ian Randell PGAs of Europe
Sandy Jones PGA Colin Jenkins OGRO
Doug Poole BGIA Jim Croxton BIGGA

19:00 Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception Sponsored by Marriott Golf
20:00 Charity Dinner In aid of The Golf Foundation

Workshop Programme Tuesday March 12th
Room 1:
08:30 - 08:55 UK Golf Course Owners Association AGM - Colin Mayes (Chairman UKGCOA)
UKGCOA members will also be able to hear the latest VAT and taxation update.
Room 2:
08:30 - 08:55 Golf Consultants Association AGM - Rohan Barnett (Chairman GCA)

Room 1:
09:00 - 10:15 Golf Range and Adventure Golf Workshop - Grant Wright.
Moderated by Colin Jenkins with additional input from a panel of experts
Room 2:
09:00 - 10:15 Purchasing Clever - Paul Mould (Material Matters Ltd)

10:15 - 10:30 Tea/Coffee Break

Room 1:
10:30 - 11:45 Golfers on a Holiday – the behaviour, trends & decisions of Europe’s core golfers – John Bushell of SPORTS MARKETING SURVEYS
INC delivers the key points from their 2012 Golf Tourism Report in association with IGTM. Moderated by Rohan Barnett with additional input from a panel of experts
Room 2:
10:30 - 11:45 Marketing Trends and New Membership Models - Andy Hiseman & Matt Leighton. Moderated by Jerry Kilby with additional input from a panel of experts

11:45 - 12:00 Tea/Coffee Break

Room 1 & 2 combined

12:00 - 13:30 World Class Customer Care - Gregg Patterson

13:30 Close

The first Golf Business and Industry Convention - GolfBIC 2012 - was attended by a total of 252 delegates and 43 exhibitors. A post event survey carried out after the GolfBIC 2012 gave a 90% approval rating for the format and delivery. We are working on the 10% and hope that the changes we have made to the event will get us an even higher rating for this coming event. GolfBIC is the number one networking event for the golf industry - Save the date in your diary now and book early to avoid disappointment.

To book please email: or call on 0776 8887033. More details at:

Book now for GolfBIC 2013 - the golf business and industry convention - at the Marriott Forest of Arden, 11-12 March 2013 -

Confirmed Exhibitors include:

UKGCOA, OGRO, Golf Consultants Association,
Toro, Jacobsen/EZGO,,
DPMC Ltd, Club Car, John Deere, Material Matters Ltd,
Glenmuir, Brand Fusion
TrueStrike, Range Solutions, European Golf Machinery,
Hi Nets, Srixon Cleveland, i-KAN GC,
Power Tee, Net 60 Six, Huxley Golf
MIA Sports Technology, Foresight Sports UK,
Eagle Promotions, american golf,
ESP Leisure Ltd, Golf Finance,
MiniGolf Ltd BIGGA, PGA,
BGIA, Savills.

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