The big hitters gather in Cannes
Story published at 14:22, Friday, December 7th, 2012
30 representatives of Europe’s leading multi course owning organisations representing over 400 golf facilities worldwide gathered in Cannes at the European Golf Business Conference for the 4th European Multi Course Owners meeting. The meeting mediated this year by Mike Leemhuis CEO of the Congressional Country Club in Washington D.C, gave this unique group an opportunity to discuss realistic solutions to increase rounds, revenues, reduce operating costs and to run more efficient and profitable businesses.
“Lodewijk Klootwijk, Director of the EGCOA said: “The power of this group comes from the sharing of information. In these difficult times, it is essential now more than ever to come together as a unified force and to draw on each other’s experiences. The experience and expertise that was shared at this year’s meeting was unparraled and offered a unique insight into the management of large scale golf operations. We look forward to welcoming our colleagues once again at our next Multi Course Owners event in 2013.”
Troon Golf, Crown Golf, NGF Golf and Blue Green are just of few of the leading organizations that were in attendance. The theme of the European Golf Business Conference “Recreating the Golf Business” resonated throughout the presentations at the meeting. Mike Leemhuis identified the key trends that are greatly influencing the golf industry, highlighting the importance of their integration into a clubs planning process. Keeping on the theme of trends Mike Tinkey Deputy CEO of the NGCOA updated the group on third party tee time resellers in theUS. Mike outlined the NGCOA’s position and best practices which were put together In response to widespread concerns expressed by golf course operators regarding the role & influence of Third Party Tee-Time Resellers.
The European Golf Business Conference is organised by the European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA). The EGCOA provides services to support golf course owners in their aims, represents their interests on a European level and improves golf business on a European level. The EGCOA represents more than 900 members in 24 European countries. In 15 countries the National Golf Course Owners Associations are member of the EGCOA.
European Golf Course Owners Association www.egcoa.eu