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The Golf Experience - Your Way


Mission Statement

The Symposium On Affordable Golf raises awareness and understanding of the challenges of the golf industry through open discussion, exchange of ideas and highlighting successes that promote the health and sustainability of the game of golf and the business of golf.


Welcome to the Symposium on Affordable Golf. Our fifth SOAG will be held at the Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo, California, on Monday, March 31st and Tuesday, April 1st.


Because this year's Symposium on Affordable Golf will be held away from Southern Pines for the first time and held in California, this year' topics will include a mix of California-related topics and a few of our most important topics discussed at our first four Symposiums. There will be a focus on California's number one concern - water - as well as discussions about how to grow the game as well as focusing on our core goal - making the game more affordable for both the golfer to participate and the operator to run.


I am glad to announce that the SOAG will double as the Northern Chapter Meeting for the Southern California PGA Section as well as a Bi-Annual Meeting for the Central California Golf Course Superintendents Association. As in past years, Members of the PGA, LPGA and of the GCSAA will earn Continuing Education Credits for attending the Symposium. We would also like to thank the ASGCA and the California Golf Course Owners Association for their support of the Symposium.


Most important, I want to stress how important it is that the golfer is a part of our event because everything we discuss at the SOAG has a direct line to the ones we all in the industry serve the most - the golfer. As in years past, the Symposium on Affordable Golf is free to attend for all golfers and is not a success unless the golfer is an integral part of our discussions. I ask attendees who have participated in our previous Symposiums to bring a few friends this year.


Please register now to be a part of this event. Come share ideas with like-minded golfers and golf business people in an effort to make the game more affordable for some facilities yet a better experience at all facilities. The Symposium on Affordable Golf is an effort to make the game and the business of golf a better product to be enjoyed for generations to come.


Thank You

Richard Mandell
Richard Mandell Golf Architecture
Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA