Coming off a successful showing at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, the International Network of Golf will head west in May for the 26th Annual ING Spring Conference.
The agenda for this annual gathering of media and golf industry leaders will target young executives and players in the industry, as the conference theme reflects: “Bridging Golf’s Generation Gap.” The meeting is scheduled for May 22-26 at Zermatt Resort located in spectacular Heber Valley, UT, just outside Salt Lake City.
Anyone in the golf industry or media is eligible to attend.
The educational sessions at the conference will center on an issue extremely important to the golf industry – attracting young people to the game and the industry. A “Millennials and the Golf Industry” panel, featuring young executives in golf, will be included on the schedule.
Companies that focus on the younger golf audience will be able to present their programs and products to the group of writers, broadcasters and industry attendees in several unique settings.
Young executives can gain a leg up on their peers in the industry by attending the ING Spring Conference, and have a voice in helping to create solutions for bridging golf’s generation gap.
“I was fairly new to the golf industry when I attended my first ING Spring Conference,” said Dominic Selfa of Bridgestone Golf. “What a great decision that turned out to be. I have learned so much and met so many smart and influential people in the industry.”
The ING Spring Conference will also feature its’ popular elements from pasts conferences – the One-On-One Appointment Show, the Demo Lab, the Mentor-ING Breakfast, networking sessions and golf tournaments.
And it will all take place in one of the most breathtaking settings in the country. If you’ve never been there, prepare yourself to be intoxicated by the natural beauty of this Utah destination.
“There is no more beautiful place to conduct an ING Spring Conference,” said ING Executive Director Mike Jamison. “The vistas are spectacular at every turn. And I think our golfers are going to be amazed at the quality of golf at Soldier Hollow and Wasatch Mountain. We are thrilled to be going west this year, and especially to Heber Valley.”
Located just minutes from Park City, Heber Valley boasts three state parks, the 2002 Olympic venue Soldier Hollow, the Heber Valley Railroad – Utah’s only historic railroad – scuba diving, blue ribbon fly fishing and 90 holes of extraordinary mountain golf.
“On behalf of the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce and its partners, we are excited to host the 2016 ING Spring Conference,” said Ryan Starks, Executive Director of the Heber Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We believe ING guests will fall in love with the Heber Valley where 90 holes of beautiful mountain golf, stunning views, and cool temperatures will supplement another high quality conference. As one of the only host sites in the West, we look forward to making this conference as memorable as possible.”
Zermatt Resort is a Swiss-themed AAA-Four-Diamond recreation resort and corporate conference center. This lovely, quaint property offers 331 guest rooms, 50,000 feet of conference space and all the amenities you could need for every season and every business or leisure purpose. There is only one stoplight in the 45-minutes driver between Zermatt and the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Three different golf complexes – Soldier Hollow GC, Wasatch Mountain GC and Homestead Resort’s Crater Springs Golf Course – will host the ING golf activities. Each has conducted its share of important amateur and professional golf competitions.
Gene Bates Golf Design provided the unique layouts at the 36-hole Soldier Hollow Golf Club. The site boasts native Utah vegetation, one of the longest courses in the state and the originality of being the only golf course built on an Olympic venue. Golfweek Magazine named the Gold Course in its Best Courses You Can Play in Utah, Best Municipal Courses and Top 50 Best Public Access Courses. Golf Digest Magazine named it Best in State and listed it in Best New Affordable Public-Access Courses.
Spectacular Wasatch Mountain State Park boasts two memorable layouts. The challenging 18-hole Mountain Course, which will host the ING WAGT National Qualifier, is carved from natural mountain contours. There will be occasional sightings of roaming deer, elk, wild turkeys, moose and other wildlife. You’ll reach vantage points overlooking the beautiful Heber Valley below.
Homestead Resort, across the street from the Zermatt, will host the Demo Lab.
For more information about ING, visit www.inggolf.com. For more information regarding Heber Valley visit http://www.gohebervalley.com.