By Cameron Healey
The PGA Merchandise Show, held late last month in Orlando, attracts 40,000 industry leaders from 74 countries and, over four days, introduces the industry to the latest in golf technology, products, and equipment. This Show, while generally reserved for industry folk, truly serves as my internal alarm clock– reminding me that the 2016 golf season is right around the corner. And, while I missed this year’s show in Orlando, the good news is we don’t have to wait long nor travel far to experience the latest in the world of golf equipment, deals, stay-n-play packages, and golf gadgets for yourself. Yep, it’s Northwest golf show season folks. Time to start daydreaming about blue skies, green fairways, and birdies! I’m chomping at the bit. Are you?
The veritable treasure trove of opportunities to hit the Golf Shows here in the Pacific Northwest kicks off up north at the Vancouver Golf & Travel Show, with the Portland Golf Show held in, you guessed it, Portland occurring the same weekend. Next up is the Spokane Golf Show held a week later at the Spokane Convention Center from Feb 19-21, and, last but not least, there is the combined Seattle Golf and Travel Show run by John Tipping and his team at Cascadia Events, slated for March 4-6 at the Century Link Events Center. This is arguably, the largest consumer golf show on the west coast and is supported and endorsed by the Washington State Golf Association, The Pacific Northwest Section of the PGA of America and the Washington State Superintendents Association. The Seattle Golf & Travel Show attracted over 13,000 attendees last year, taking in the latest in golfing “gotta haves” and hitting the driving range with gusto!
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What to Expect!
Saturday, February 13th: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 14th: 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 with a 15-stall driving range, where you can swing happy using the latest from Callaway, TaylorMade, Adams, and PING. Try your hand at the GolfBC KP Challenge (using the Technique Prestige Golf Simulator) or impress the masses with your flat stick skills at the Harmonix Putting Championship. Did I mention awesome prizes on offer?
Friday, February 12th: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday, February 13th: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 14th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults: $13, Seniors (60+) $11, Children 12 years of age and under FREE
Show owners, Varsity Communications, know golfers love giveaways, so if you’re one of the first 350 in the door each day expect to receive a two pack of Bridgestone golf balls or free clubs for the kids. And just for coming to the show you will receive a free round from Skamania Lodge, Charbonneau GC, The Resort at the Mountain, Chehalem Glen GC, and Mallard Creek. Some restrictions will apply, but how cool it that? In addition, the first 4500 tickets purchased online will receive a free round of golf at Camas Meadows Golf Course.
Friday, February 19th Ladies Night! 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm *$25 pre-purchase or $30 at the door. Ticket includes golf show admission for the weekend and other benefits
Saturday, February 20th: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, February 21st: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults: $12, Children: 12 years of age and under FREE
For this year’s Spokane Golf Show, each attendee receives a free round of golf and bonus offer with admission to the Show, which gives them full access to over 120 of your favorite courses from 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 both Saturday and Sunday, which means if you didn’t have a chance to take it all in on the first day, then come back on Sunday at no extra cost. Fore!
Friday, March 4th Noon – 5 pm
Saturday, March 5th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, March 6th 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Adults: $14, Youth 17 and under FREE, *Foursome Special: (4 adults tickets & parking) $56.50
With over 200 exhibitors expected, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll find just about everything related to golf and travel. And, if you fancy yourself as a contender in the competitions, why not try your hand at the Long Drive competition or Whitehorse KP Challenge, where first place receives a $100 Puetz Gift Card and the top nine closest to the pin receive a free round of golf from Whitehorse Golf Club? But the free golf doesn’t end there. All paid attendees receive one free round of golf, good at one of several courses around the Puget Sound Region. The rounds are good Monday thru Thursday, from the date of the show through the last Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend. They’re then good any time after October 1 through the end of the year. Worth the price of admission? You bet!
*Image courtesy Cascadia Events