Ottawa Gatineau Golf Expo

downloadThis past weekend was the annual Ottawa Gatineau Golf Expo, hosted by the National Golf Course Owners Association.

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.

IMG_1552
The Metcalfe Golf booth at the 2013 Ottawa Gatineau Golf Expo
IMG_1556
The Golf O Max portable simulator was set up for a closest to the pin contest. Eventually winner was 1 foot.

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

IMG_1555

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

Fritsch lane (after PGA Tour player and Ottawa native Brad Fritsch), a section of the Ottawa Golf Trail pavilion where a number of the courses were set up
Fritsch lane (after PGA Tour player and Ottawa native Brad Fritsch), a section of the Ottawa Golf Trail pavilion where a number of the courses were set up
The presentation areas. Lots of presenters throughout the weekends. I didn't make it to any.
The presentation areas. Lots of presenters throughout the weekends. I didn’t make it to any.
One of several retail booths. Most of the stuff was kinda junky, but there were some good deals to be found
One of several retail booths. Most of the stuff was kinda junk, but there were some good deals to be found

See you at the turn,

Brewcee

Advertisements

One Comment Add yours

  1. Aaron

    Great coverage. I hope to make it to the Expo next year. These type of golf events offer so much. Thanks for sharing.

    Cheers
    Jim

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s