Coming off a successful and historic 25th Anniversary ING Spring Conference this year, the International Network of Golf will head west in 2016 for only the fourth time in its Spring Conference history.IMG_3139
The non-profit, media-based networking organization will conduct its 26th ING Spring Conference in spectacular Heber Valley, Utah, May 22-26, 2016. The Zermatt Resort in the beautiful Wasatch Mountains will serve as host hotel, with three different golf courses within five minutes of the Zermatt being used for the golf events.
This will be the first time since 2009 that the ING Spring Conference has been conducted outside of the Eastern Time Zone. The Zermatt Resort is an easy 45-minute drive from the Salt Lake City airport.
The ING Spring Conference is the annual gathering of golf media and industry executives. Anyone in the golf industry or media is eligible to attend. If you’ve never been there, prepare yourself to be intoxicated by the natural beauty of this Utah destination.IMG_3111
“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 in 2016, 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.”Golf Photography at Soldier Hollow, Wasatch Mountain State Park
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.IMG_3134
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 its 26th Annual Conference, ING is planning an extensive schedule, including the ever-popular One-On-One Appointment Show, the Demo Lab, golf tournaments and all the educational and networking sessions ING is known for.
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