A unique national conference explores the challenges and opportunities for municipal golf course operations.
The National Golf Foundation (NGF), in cooperation with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the National Training Center (NTC) for Public Facility Managers at Oglebay, have teamed up to present the inaugural Municipal Golf Institute (MGI). This national forum is designed to provide municipal golf course operators and public administrators with a better understanding of key issues facing municipal golf facilities, as well as specific ideas to strengthen their operations and improve bottom line economics.
The MGI, to be held September 4-7, 2012 at Oglebay Resort and Conference Center in Wheeling, West Virginia, will provide interactive learning and discussion on key oversight issues (governance, basic management structure, political considerations), as well as day-to-day operational issues (growing rounds, increasing revenue and controlling expenses).
Educational topics will include:
- The Past, Present, and Future of Municipal Golf
- Municipal Golf: Public Service or Public Burden?
- Which Operating Model is Best for Your Community?
- The Discounting Dilemma: Finding the Right Balance
- Improving Revenues: Strategies You Can Take Home
- Methods to Grow the Game of Golf
The MGI represents the next step in the evolution of NGF’s successful National Institute for Golf Management (NIGM) that was held at Oglebay Resort for 20 years through 2009. NGF’s goal is to build on the success of NIGM and establish MGI as an evergreen conference for municipal golf course operators.
“We are seeing so much stress in the municipal golf segment,” says Richard Singer, Director of Consulting Services for the NGF. “We are hopeful that this comprehensive and unique program will aid municipalities in better understanding the golf business, and help to ensure that America’s local municipal golf courses will continue to operate without being a burden to taxpayers.”
Tuition for the program is $595 for NGF and NRPA members, $795 for non-members. Discounted lodging packages are available from Oglebay Resort. Visit http://institute.ngf.org/ for registration and additional information.