There was a bit of a buzz from a previous post I authored on how to plan a golf trip. Some readers asked about getting like minded individuals together for a golf bloggers convention. Could be a great opportunity to bring folks who love to play and write about the game together. I’d be up for it, what about you? There are several ways this could work. I’ll throw out a few ideas and look to get your feedback. If there’s enough interest, I’d be happy to get the ball rolling on organization.
- Try to make this event as inclusive as possible to boost participation. Not sure how many golf bloggers there are so that may mean opening it up to perhaps golf writers. Create our own convention with our own program, or join an existing one and gather together outside the official program for our own activities. In either case, we’ll need to put a program together to generate interest for participants as well as those who want to bring family members and significant others.
- Choose the right time of year and location. This will have to be in 2016 to leave enough time to plan and for folks traveling internationally to budget.
- Perhaps couple it with a noteworthy golf industry event like a trade show, or tournament, where we’d ensure that many more amateur and professional writers would be in attendance, or maybe do our event as a shadow event, or one that immediately follows the main event. Again, anything to increase participation.
- Provide a locale near a very accessible city, since many will need to travel. Ensure the destination has ample entertainment, lodging, quality golf courses, meeting facilities, and food options.
Some options on time and place:
- April 2016(est). Las Vegas Convention Center. Attend the NMX show (New Media Expo). This is a convention with 97,000 attendees and features tracks for bloggers. Obviously this is easiest from an organization standpoint. You attend, go to the sessions that interest you, and meetup outside of official hours for our own activities. Here’s a link to the 2015 schedule grid.
- January 2016. Orlando, Florida. Shadow the PGA Merchandise show. The 2015 show had 41,000+ attendees. Golf Writers Association of America are sponsors and are in attendence.
- March 2016. Orlando, Florida. Shadow the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. Orlando is obviously a great venue because of the accessible facilities and entertainment options. We could attend the tournament for one or more days, meet offsite, play at other courses, socialize and enjoy Orlando.
- February 2016. San Diego, California. Shadow the Golf Industry Show. Predicted to have 14,000+ attendees.
- Late January/early February 2016. Phoenix, Arizona. Shadow the Waste Management Open. Raucous party atmosphere with a good time had by all. Same idea as Orlando/Bay Hill.
Do any of these sound good? Shoot me a comment if you’re interested and with suggestions/preferences on time and venue. Thanks!