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If you took a lap around the floor

of the 2016 PGA Merchandise

Show in Orlando last month,

you wouldn’t know there was a

downturn in the golf business.

Over 40,000 golf professionals

attended the largest sports

convention in the world asking

questions, trying out the newest

equipment and viewing the

latest fashion trends from the

many vendors that distributed

their wares at the show.

In addition, over 1,000 media

representatives from 23 countries

wrote, blogged, and tweeted

about the show to golf fans back

home. The Golf Channel even

broadcasted live from a mobile

studio on the showfloor each day.

Gary Williams, Damon Hack,

Charlie Rymer, Matt Ginella and

the crew brought the show into

every golfer’s living room.

If you have a product to sell and

want it distributed throughout

the golf world, it is mandatory

that you make an appearance

at the PGA Merchandise Show,

where every retailer can, “see it,

feel it and touch it.”

The first PGA Merchandise show

was held in 1954 and was simply

a small gathering of golf vendors

prior to the start of the “Grapefruit

Tour,” which today is known as

the “Florida Swing.” By 1963 it

progressed to a circus tent set up

in a parking lot, but has blossomed

to become a huge mixture of

education, training, sales and

networking that brings the golf

world together each January.

The PGA of America, 100 years

old this year, is the governing

body for the 28,000 golf

professionals that bring the game

to the average golfer at every

country club, resort and muny

track in the land.


golf industry leaders together every

year to promote and help grow the

game. The large attendance and

active participation of vendors at

this year’s show is an indication

that the health of Golf world-wide

is rebounding and looking for an

even brighter future.

2016 PGA Merchandise Show

Proves Golf is ON the Rebound

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