Golf Course Management

JAN 2018

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01.18 GOLF COURSE MANAGEMENT 53 was a matter of necessity as much as anything. "Last year, we had a lot of things going on in a small area. Now, with more education and offerings available, we were wanting — and now are able — to create a bigger space that is, essentially, an educational area," she says. "We simply can do more now." In addition, Inside the Ropes will feature a maintenance area with multiple bunkers where four companies will provide informa - tion and instruction on bunker solutions and renovations; irrigation learning stations; tour - nament bleacher seating; and the GCSAA TV stage, where live programming consisting of expert interviews and panel discussions on the latest issues in golf course management will take place throughout two days of GIS. "It will be an outside-the-classroom, lunch- and-learn type of experience, with interactive education in a really cool place," Urish says. "Our feedback from superintendents showed that irrigation and bunker renovation are issues they really want to explore and learn more about." Those in attendance will be able to step right up and witness construction of Inside the Ropes from a viewing area before the trade show even starts. "We received feedback from attendees that they want to see the actual construction and how it all comes together," Urish says. Another new wrinkle is of the four-legged variety. A dog showcase, courtesy of Flyaway Geese, will feature three dogs (a puppy, starter dog and finished dog), and will host education geared toward buying, owning and maintain - ing a golf course working dog. Herding ducks will be part of the education program with the dogs. And, for the first time, the trade show floor opening ceremony on Wednesday will take place on the green. All told, the trade show floor will encompass more than 180,000 square feet and more than 500 exhibitors. In fact, the Inside the Ropes area will be a hub for activity — it will house GIS registration, the Silent Auction, the Golf Course Builders Association of America, food and beverage areas, the merchandise bookstore, and exhibi - tor booths with a specific focus on design, construction, and golf course renovation projects. "We're trying to create a wow factor," Urish says. "We want to treat our attendees like they are VIPs." — H.R. Answers on the Hour sessions at the Golf Industry Show will provide attendees a wide array of short, educational opportunities on the trade show floor, free for all attendees. For a complete list of the Answers on the Hour sessions, go to http://goo.gl/4835q1 . The all-new Student Pavilion on the trade show floor at the Golf Industry Show will give turfgrass students an opportunity to network and learn more about careers in golf course management. For all the details, go to http://goo.gl/i3JJ1n .

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