This year the PGA of Alberta is host to the largest Buying Show for golf operators in Canada. The event brings golf managers and vendors together in one place, creating a one-stop-shop for all golf course needs. The Buying Show will take place on October 16th from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, October 17th from 8:00 am to 7:30 pm, and October 18th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Edmonton Expo Centre in Hall E. There are a list of preferred hotels situated close to the location, so if you haven’t yet made a reservation, now is the time. The venue offers free parking, and if you need to rent a car there’s a discount code for attendees of the show.
Make sure that you come to the buying show well prepared. If you’re not yet using a cloud-based inventory management software, you’ll need to update your inventory count before you go to the event so you know how much to order. You’ll also need to bring whatever manual system you’re using to record purchases.
If you’re already using an advanced inventory management software, make sure that you bring a tablet with you so that you can check your inventory levels at the event and fill purchase orders automatically as you buy new products. This will both ensure that you’re buying just the right amount of items and also that you won’t have to go back through the orders as they arrive at your facility to update your inventory.
Before the show, you should read all of the rules and regulations, including the dress code. Its imperative that you dress professionally, you’ll be meeting plenty of influential people in the industry and its essential to give a great first impression. This event is a great way to build business relationships and dressing the part is critical.
Don't miss out on the education sessions that will be held during the PGA of Alberta Buying Show. You can attend a webinar session on the 16th from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm that will teach you how to make a buying plan for the show. Tracy Moffat, President of the Association of Golf Merchandisers will walk you through what key inventory metrics you need to review from your previous season so that you can forecast what stock need for next season.
On the 17th, a session will take place from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on Impact Tournament Systems to enhance your tournament experience. You’ll get a rundown on the top 5 tools in the system, followed by a questions and answers period. If you have any questions about tournament management, it’s a good idea to write them down beforehand and bring them with you.
On the 18th, you can attend a workshop on changes in golf rules that are going to be implemented in the 2019 season. Leigh Cormack will address all of the significant rule changes in a way that is much easier to learn and understand. Not only will these rule changes affect your play, but they’re also going to affect the play of all your customers. Make sure you bring a notepad, by the time the 2019 season rolls around you might forget what was explained in the session.
Don't forget to swing by booth #408 to say hi to the Chronogolf team! We’ll be more than happy to answer any questions or take any comments that you might have. You’ll also be able to see our cloud-based golf management software and get a more in-depth look at what we have to offer.
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