For the second straight year the Expo was hosted at the new Ernst and Young Centre, although last year it was called the CE Centre. Prior to the 2012 show, the expo was a long term tenant of the Ottawa Athletic Club, which hosted the expo on their indoor tennis courts. The biggest benefit of the move is the increased space the EY Centre provides, but in exchange for that space you have to deal with the biggest two negative aspects of the location which are the fact the new location is not as central (its out by the airport) and, worse of all, the EY Centre charges for parking, whereas it was free before. In an effort to combat the parking issue Falcon Ridge Golf Club offered a free shuttle from the course, which was a pretty good idea in my opinion and seemed to be widely used.
As a representative of both Metcalfe Golf and GolfOMax, I spent pretty much all day Saturday and Sunday at the expo, so I got a pretty good look around and had the pleasure of running into lots of familiar faces (@flagstick, @adam_stanley, @gropper76 and @thomasstacey among others) After a fairly harsh winter here in Ottawa it was good to see the golf community emerge in what is the unofficial start of the Golf season.
The general feeling around the show was that golf season in Ottawa is still a solid month away. Even with the melt we had this past weekend I tend to agree. At the Metcalfe booth we were saying April 11th, but at this point that is a pretty rough guestimate.
Coolest thing I saw at the expo? This bunker
Something new this golf season? I am sure there were lots of new deals and products at the Golf Expo, but the one that caught my attention is that Golferslinks has rebranded itself as the Ottawa Golf Trail. Lots of additional benefits over Golferslinks. Hopefully it catches on a little better than Golferlinks did.
Here are some other photos from the expo
See you at the turn,