The history of golf dates back to 15th century. Much has changed since then.
Golf technology has seen continuous improvement, with some seismic leaps along the way, such as the moves from pebbles to leather balls to rubber or wooden shafts to aluminium, but the current rounds of advances are most notable in decades – especially when it comes to breakthroughs ranging from adjustable drivers, fairway woods and rescue clubs. Golf courses have seen similar transformations with new and innovative technologies used to lure players and their families alike.
One of the other trends of the last decade around the world are the growing investments in golf in an effort to increase the number of foreign visitors and enhance tourism revenue. This has seen the spread of golf tourism globally and the number of world class golf courses has been steadily rising over the years. There are about 32,000 golf courses in 140 countries in the world. Popular golf tourism destinations include Spain, North America and Portugal. However, emerging golf destinations such as South Africa, Turkey and Dubaiwill soon be joining this list of most popular destinations for golf tourists according to KPMG Golf Advisory.
Exploring this onset of developments in the game of golf, the Global Golf Summit taking place on 24th – 25th October 2018 in Dubai, UAE is set to become the must attend event in the Middle East and Africa region for Golf Club/Course owners, operators, Tournament heads, golf tourism companies and other industry professionals to network with their peers and highlight some of the cutting-edge tools and tactics currently transforming golf as a game. Bringing together over 200 attendees from across the MENA spectrum the summit will feature a host of sessions set up to help attendees both leverage and maximize current business models.
Aimed towards setting up an iconic platform driving GCC’s economic potential to the regional golf industry, the meet will combine insightful panels led by key experts representing organisations such as European Golf Course Owners Association (EGCOA), Arab Golf Federation (AGF), Emirates Golf Federation (EGF), Golf Club Managers Association (GCMA), Troon-International Division, Golf Guru Group, Destination Golf travel, Golf Marketing and many more. The summit will feature visionary keynote’s, case studies, panel discussions and technology solutions from key players in the golf domain. One of the key highlights will be short 10 mins presentations by various clubs on unique ideas that worked for them.
Hosted by White Paper Summits in conjunction with Arab Golf Federation, Emirates Golf Federation and EGCOA, the conference provides golf course operators/owners and industry experts with a power packed networking forum to leverage knowledge and interact to streamline operations and turbo-charge their revenue model.