The two-day symposium at Brookside GC in Pasadena, Calif., will bring together industry experts and leaders to share tools, insights, ideas and solutions to help golf facilities enhance operations and improve the golf experience.
The United States Golf Association will host the 2016 USGA Pace and Innovation Symposium on January 19-20, 2016, at Brookside Golf Club in Pasadena, Calif.
The two-day symposium will bring together experts and leaders from throughout the industry to share tools, insights, ideas and solutions that can help golf facilities enhance their operations and improve the golfer experience at their courses.
The symposium will focus on research, technology and case studies in areas such as course design, resource management and pace of play. These innovations are expected to help facilities make their operations more efficient while also providing an enjoyable, sustainable product for their customers.
Tuesday, January 19: Tools and Solutions*
· USGA’s sustainability initiative: Rand Jerris, USGA
· Resource management tool: Jim Moore, USGA
· Flagstick tool: Matt Pringle, USGA
· USGA-University of Minnesota research partnership: Rand Jerris and Brian Horgan, Univ. of Minnesota
· Financial model for pace of play: Henry DeLozier and Stephen Johnston, Global Golf Advisors
· Community relations: Craig Kessler, Southern California Golf Association
· Pace around the world: Grant Moir, The R&A
· Urban facility development: Christophe Muniesa, French Golf Federation
· Evening Reception: Rose Bowl
Wednesday January 20: Course Design and Management*
· Redesign opportunities: Chad Ritterbusch, American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA)
· Impact of design on pace of play: Jeff Blume, ASGCA
· Turf removal: Forrest Richardson, ASGCA
· Southern California turf removal case studies: Todd Eckenrode, ASGCA
· Arlington Lakes’ 3- and 6-hole loops: Mike Benkusky, ASGCA; Tim Govern and Al Bevers, Arlington Lakes GC, Arlington Heights, Ill.
· Rockwind Community Links: Andy Staples, ASGCA; J.J. Murphy, City of Hobbs, N.M.
· Monarch Dunes’ Learn Golf program: Damian Pascuzzo, ASGCA; Minas Kaloosian, Monarch Dunes Golf Club, Nipomo, Calif.
*Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments will be provided