This January marks the 18th official PGA Merchandise Show, a conglomerate of about a thousand golf retailers showcasing everything from new equipment to the hottest looks in fashion.There will be over 100,000 golf products in one place, educational seminars, Demo Day and short game competitions. What would a golf show be without a friendly challenge?
Over the next few weeks, Golf for Beginners will introduce you to exhibitors, products and special events which could very well turn O.C. Convention Center into its very own Golf Disney World!
Probably the most important place to start our journey are reasons why exhibitors wait to introduce their new offerings until the PGA Merchandise Show...aside from the obvious New Year, new product consideration.
Brian Whitcomb, former PGA of America President and owner of Lost Tracks Golf Club states,
"For me, the PGA Merchandise Show is all about the new and exciting products and services that are available."
John Lyberger, PGA Director of Golf at Congressional CC in Bethesda MD agreed with Mr. Whitcomb adding Networking and Education, to his list of priorities.
"Networking gives me the opportunity to reconnect with my peers.
From tournament prizes, favors or solutions, there are a plethora of items at the PGA Show. Apparel is an important part of the Show. The demo day really allows me and my team the chance to preview the latest equipment that the industry has to offer.
Learning each day is the key ingredient to one's success. With so many talented professionals in our business and industry...taking advantage of educational opportunities can be rewarding on many levels."
Who attends the PGA Merchandise Show? Any golf-related individual or business looking to build strategic alliances, introduce a new product or service, discover/set industry trends, learn about new technology and just about anything from travel to equipment in the world of golf.
One of the most fascinating events of the 2011 PGA Merchandise Show is sure to be the New Inventors Spotlight. Located right on the Show Floor, you will be able to see up-close, the newest golf-related inventions before they hit the market and watch as they are judged for inclusion into Inventor Digest Magazine. Isn't this like Disney World's EPCOT "Future World"?
The 2011 PGA Merchandise Show will take place January 26 (Demo Day) and 27-29th at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
Thanks to social media, you can follow on twitter: @PGAGolfShows (or #PGAMR11) and/or friend on Facebook. Golf for Beginners will also be updating readers on the seminars, golf fashion and equipment as they are introduced...stay tuned!
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