Spring is just around the corner and so are a plethora of golf shows. From San Francisco to Washington, D.C. and every major city in between, including Canada, you can find a golf show, which is a great way to re-energize your golf game and get you back into the swing of things, so to speak.
One of the main reasons I love attending golf shows is because of the great selection of quality golf gear and apparel that’s available. Whether it’s new products on the market or the latest fashion, you will find everything under one roof. Adding to the excitement is the increased presence of golf travel options, many of which are perfect for the RV-Golfer.
Last year at the Seattle Golf and Travel Show, for example, I discovered the Red Rock Golf Trail, a collection of quality courses in the St. George, Utah, area less than two hours from Las Vegas. Later in the year, I visited St. George and experienced all 10 golf courses that make up the Red Rock Golf Trail. I also checked out several area RV parks.
Statistics from last year’s Seattle Golf & Travel Show revealed specific reasons for attending a golf show. Statistics revealed that 44 percent visited a show to buy merchandise, 24 percent came to hit new model clubs, and 15 percent wanted to plan a vacation.
I might add that my brother, Larry, who attended the golf show with me last year, planned a week-long RV-golf trip with his golf buddies after visiting with several representatives from eastern Washington golf destinations at the show.
In addition to everything a show has to offer, there are PGA pros on hand who offer free swing analysis, and every major manufacturer is there with the latest products, including new clubs to test drive. There are usually lots of travel agents and group tour planners, too, if you want to discuss specific destinations or other travel options. There’s always free golf offered along with putting contests.
With the golf season nearly upon us, here’s a list of upcoming shows that should bring your golf enthusiasm back up to par.
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2016 Golf Show Schedule
St. Charles, MO.
Vancouver, BC, Canada
Overland Park, KS
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Sioux Falls, SD
Los Angeles, CA.
Edmonton, AB, Canada
Calgary, AB, Canada
Rick Stedman is an avid golfer, RVer, and writer. Rick writes a weekly golf blog, “The 19th Hole,” which is published every Saturday at rvlife.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.