By Cameron Healey
While over the past several months we’ve highlighted some of the perennial favorite fall and winter stay-n-play destinations in Nevada, Arizona, and Palm Springs. But come February, we start gearing up for the Northwest golf shows. For me, it is the unofficial official start to the Pacific Northwest golf season, and with that comes a ton of excitement for the months ahead. Not only the prospect of warmer days and firm fairways, but also the anticipation of the hundreds of golf and travel-related product vendors who will be touting their wares from their booths (and hitting bays) at the Vancouver, Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Golf shows that are held every February and March. I’m feeling the excitement, are you?
Of course, Golf Today Northwest will be exhibiting at most shows this year and will, once again, be offering awesome stay-n-play package prizes—assuming you correctly guess how many pink tees we have in our famous “Guess the Pink Tees” contest this year. Can you say, “Gamble Sands” or “Ka’anapali Golf Resort”? Yes, you will just have to stop by our booth, view our latest digital golf magazine on display, and sign up to be among the first to receive exciting new product reviews, special stay-n-play offers, regional golf news, and more!
What to Expect!
Vancouver Golf & Travel Show: Pacific National Exhibition
Saturday, February 18th: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 19th: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults: $13, Children: Under 17 FREE
The largest golf and travel show in western Canada with over 125 exhibitors. Look for the awesome demo area or stroll the exhibit hall filled with exhibitors, travel destinations, manufacturer’s representatives, and demonstrators. Swing away!
Spokane Golf & Travel Show: Spokane Convention Center
Saturday, February 18th: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 19th: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults: $12, Children: 12 and under FREE
For this year’s Spokane Golf Show, each attendee receives a free round of golf from Fairways Golf Course as a bonus offer with admission to the Show. This gives you full access to over 120 of your favorite courses in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Canada. In addition, all kids 12 and under get in free. And if they visit the PGA Clubs for Kids area (courtesy of Henry Griffiths) each kid will receive a free golf club (supplies limited). One of the upsides to visiting the Spokane Golf Show is that your paid admission is good for the entire weekend!
Portland Golf Show: Oregon Convention Center Hall D
Friday, February 24th: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, February 25th: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 26th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults: $13, Seniors (60+): $11, Children: 12 years and under FREE
Portlanders will enjoy some terrific activities that include the Little Creek Casino Long Drive and KP challenge, Mini of Portland putting challenge, among others. If you buy your ticket online, you will receive a bonus round of golf from Chehalem Glenn Golf Course. Some restrictions will apply. Or, if you want a huge bang for your golfing buck, you might want to purchase the VIP Tour Pass Package. This includes a 3-day pass to the golf show, $10 interactive cash, $10 to Buffalo Wild Wings, NW Golfers Playbook, a 2-ball sleeve of golf balls, and a bonus round of golf at Resort at the Mountain. Ticket Price: $49.
Seattle Golf & Travel Show: Century Link Field Event Center
Saturday, March 4th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 5th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults: $14, Youth: 17 and under FREE.
New this year, the Show will be held over the weekend. Yes, only the two days. So be prepared for a Show absolutely jam-packed with every golf and travel product, trip, “whizz bang”, “got to have”, and “thingamajig” you can imagine. With over 200 exhibitors expected, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find just about everything related to golf and travel. And, be sure to join the show’s E-Club at the entrance kiosk and get a free round of golf from one of five great courses participating in the offer, including: Desert Aire Golf Course, Eagles Pride, Gallery Golf Course, Swinomish Golf Links, and Whispering Firs. And, if you’d like to enjoy a libation or two while perusing the Show, attendees can enjoy craft brews and Northwest wines as they stroll the aisles of the largest consumer golf and travel event on the West Coast. Woo hoo!