LAURENT BOISSONNAS NEW PRESIDENT GEGF (FRENCH GOLF COURSE ASSOCIATION)
Laurent Boissonnas, treasurer of the GCAE, has been elected as the new president of GEGF, Golf Course Association of France. GEGF has over 450 members, (multi)course owners, with 5.700 golf clubs.
Laurent is CEO of Open Golf Club, the second-largest golf course owner and operator in France.
As chairman of the GEGF, Laurent will support the golf industry in its transformation into the continuity of the huge success of the Ryder. It involves cooperation with all institutional actors in the sector to defend the interests of golf management companies and to ensure the development of practice, to follow technological, environmental, fiscal and social developments.

GCAE CONFERENCE 2020 IN HOTEL PALACIO ESTORIL, CASCAIS
We are delighted to announce that the upcoming GCAE Conference will be held at Hotel Palacio Estoril, Cascais. The hotel is set in beautiful lush gardens with astonishing views over the Bay of Cascais and Estoril. It is known as a wellness resort, an enjoyment paradise and a center of tranquillity, for people that simply love holidays. With a golf course located right next to the hotel, it is the ideal location for the European Golf Business Conference.
The 2020-edition of the conference takes place on 3-5 February and will be co-organised together with the CNIG (Portuguese Golf Industry Council) and with the support of the Cascais tourist office Turismo de Cascais.
For more information, please visit our website, gcaeconference.eu.

INNOVATIVE LEADERSHIP IN SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING BY GOLF
GEO Foundation, supported by multiple partners and stakeholders, announced the development of a new and ground-breaking framework for golf’s social and environmental reporting – this news was shared in front of an audience of global sustainability systems, government agencies, non-government organizations, corporations, and other institutions. The announcement represents a significant watershed in how the sport can quantifiably and consistently track and demonstrate its progress and value.
The Independent Chair of the project’s Strategic Advisory Group is Paul Druck-man, former CEO of the International Integrated Reporting Council. Druckman said: “Golf is a large and influential sport, comprising over 34,000 grassroots facilities in over 200 countries, hundreds of professional tournaments and with a significant supply chain. It also has powerful media and reach, and can inspire hundreds of thousands of fans.
“Golf is not unique amongst business to increasingly recognize the need to consistently measure and communicate with credibility its environmental and social impact. Through this work, golf is also gearing up to show how the sport delivers against global priorities, principally the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals’’. Read more >>>

4 SIMPLE WAYS TO ATTRACT AND INTEGRATE NEW GOLFERS
Players 1st recently hosted the annual Client Conference in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Two days of informative talks, workshops, knowledge sharing and participation from eight national golf federations and additional golf member organizations.
Now we’ve cut it down to four key takeaways for you to attract and integrate new golfers into your golf club.
And if you’re hungry for more, we’ve added a few links where we’ve elaborated on each step. We hope you enjoy the read.

GCAE’S BOARD MEMBER COLIN MAYES IN GOLF BUSINESS NEWS
Golf Business News talked to our board member Colin Mayes, Chief Executive Of Burhill Golf & Leisure. The interview is about the current state of the golf industry and what Burhill is doing to take its slice of the increasingly competitive leisure market.
GBN: How has the first quarter of 2019 been for BGL across the business?
Colin Mayes: Very positive. Q1 has been the driest and mildest winter period for nearly 40 years, so many more golfers have been out playing golf than this time last year. We’ve had a minimal number of days when our courses were closed so, overall, we have got off to a great start to the 2019 season. This has been further helped by the good weather in April, and particularly around the Masters Tournament, which always excites the UK golfer and prompts many of them to dust off their clubs from the garage and get out on to our courses. Read more >>>

NORDIC GCAE ORGANISATIONS SEEKS TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONSHIP AND ENHANCE COOPERATION
Networking and sharing of good practices is an important task for the members. The Norwegian, Danish, Finish and Swedish branches of GCAE have over some time discussed common challenges and improve communication between the organizations. The organizations also believe closer cooperation will make them stronger in their own regions.
As a step in this direction, the other Nordic organizations will participate in the next networking meeting in Oslo hosted by FNG, (GCAE Norway) and Oustøen Country Club situated. This together with the members of the FNG. The meeting will take place on 11th and 12th August.
On the agenda is the GCAE strategy for the future, and how GCAE as an organization can make a stronger impact in securing participation and economy in the sport in a changing environment.
A stronger relationship and communication with the golf federations is essential to make sure to grow the game, adapt to changing markets and keep a healthy economy for the golf venues.

NVG – DUTCH GOLF COURSE ASSOCIATION INTRODUCES ECO-SYSTEM GOLF COURSES
The new golfer has the future. Given the fact that a large group of new players quits playing golf within two years, a better and more integrated approach to achieving higher retention is desirable. This requires a well-functioning eco-system on every golf course.
Attention and social integration are the magic words: the new golfers are looking for that. This is only possible if all people with the organization (owner, club, golf professionals) do work together efficiently, as an ecosystem. A well-functioning ecosystem does not arise automatically. To support in developing a better eco-system, for retaining the (starting) golfer, the Dutch organize workshops. During these workshops, they show the effect of a well-functioning eco-system and they also get to work with the owners, club and golf professionals!

BVGA ORGANIZED 2nd PLANT PROTECTION SUMMIT FOR THE GOLF INDUSTRY
The use of pesticides is a particularly important issue for those responsible for golf courses. In order to discuss these issues with golf course owners and representatives of golf associations as well as exchange valuable experience and then pass these on to the members of the BVGA, the German Golf Association e.V. initiated the first phytosanitary summit for the golf industry last year.
In order to develop further in this important matter and to be even stronger, further personalities from “green” institutions/companies and associations will be invited to the upcoming summit in September. That’s why we are very happy that u.a. The German Football Association (DFB), Deutsche Bahn but also the Austrian Greenkeeper Association (AGA) and golf course entrepreneurs from Germany and Austria have already confirmed their participation.
Read more on the BVGA website >>>

NEW MEMBER BVGA – GERMAN GOLF COURSE ASSOCIATION
Golfpark Am Löwenhof has become a member of Bundesverband Golfanlagen e.V., the German Golf Course Association.

NEW MEMBER NVG – DUTCH GOLF COURSE ASSOCIATION
Golfsocieteit De Lage Vuursche has become a member of the NVG, Dutch Golf Course Association. The 18 holes golf course is situated near Utrecht. The course was designed by Kyle Phillips.

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