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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. Planning for the 2012 edition of the event includes an expansion of the event to one and a half days this year. Once again to be held at the Southern Pines Golf Club, our third Symposium will be Monday, October 29th and Tuesday, October 30th.
This year's Symposium on Affordable Golf includes topics that touch upon the challenges faced in the golf industry as well as issues and concerns brought forth by the most important person in the golf business - the golfer. A variety of topics discuss playability, sustainability, clubhouse design, and getting back to the roots and traditions of the game. As in previous years, there is no fee for attendance. Also, as in past years, members of the PGA, the LPGA and the GCSAA will be eligible to receive continuing education credits.
James Hyler, Jr, immediate Past President of the USGA, joins Robert Randquist, immediate Past President of the GCSAA in a discussion entitled, " Brown is the New Green? Firm and Fast? or is it Something Else?" where they will debate a recent trend in course setup that is actually a return to an earlier time and can possibly reduce the costs of the game.
Our popular round table discussion from last year regarding the conflicts inherent in the typical golf business model has spawned a new topic for this year's event called "The Golf Generation Gap." Participating in the round table are teaching professionals Bob Zydonik and Dana Rader along with world-renowned writer, James Dodson, and a foursome of golfers from different generations and skill levels. The round table will span approximately fifty years of age difference discussing and debating the challenges in making the game of golf attractive to younger generations that may be turned off by the traditions of the game.
Our three case studies cross from the foothills of Texas to the Outer Hebrides of Scotland to a suburb of Raleigh, North Carolina. Other topics include, "The Curious Case of the Taj-Mahalics," "Let's Start Romancing the Game Again Instead of Selling the Business," and "Where Sustainability and GolfSpeak Intersect."
Attendees who have participated in both of our previous Symposiums plan to bring a few friends this year. We hope you 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 for all. 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.
Richard Mandell Golf Architecture
Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA