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NGCOA Conference Registration on Record Pace

Course Owners, Operators Part of Largest
Gathering of Industry Leadership at Golf Industry Show

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Dec. 14, 2006) – Maybe it’s the opportunity to learn from respected customer relationship experts or the chance to network with golf’s largest gathering of industry leaders. Possibly it’s simply the prospect of a February round of golf in 80-degree temperatures. Whatever their motivation, golf course owners and operators are registering in record numbers for the 2007 National Golf Course Owners Association’s Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif.

“We’re tracking well ahead of the number of registrants at this time the past two years. All signs are pointing toward a very robust conference,” said Mike Hughes, CEO of the NGCOA, which includes owners and operators at more than 6,200 golf courses in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia.

The NGCOA’s Annual Conference will be held Feb. 20-24, running concurrently with the third annual Golf Industry Show, Feb. 22-24, also in Anaheim. The Golf Industry Show brings together owners, operators and professional members of the golf course and club management industries.

Comparisons to the 2006 NGCOA Annual Conference, originally scheduled for New Orleans, are difficult because the event moved to Atlanta following Hurricane Katrina.

Compared to the 2005 conference in Orlando, early attendee registration is up 64 percent for Anaheim, according to Hughes, who added that the 2007 event could also break records for exhibition space.

“The opportunity to have the leaders and members of these organizations together in the same place at the same time is unprecedented in our industry,” Hughes said. “We think this will lead to a very integrated team approach to addressing challenges and identifying solutions among attendees.”

The NGCOA Annual Conference will feature some 25 educational sessions focused on uncovering solutions for owners and operators. Creating customer loyalty and distinctive experiences will be one of the major themes discussed during the conference by keynote speakers Scott McKain, author of “What Customers Really Want”; Peter Yesawich, CEO of Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell, a strategic research and consumer marketing firm; and Pat Croce, former president of the Philadelphia 76ers and nationally respected customer-service expert and a golf course owner.

Winners of the NGCOA’s annual awards for course quality, management excellence and contributions to the association and the game of golf also will be recognized during the conference.

Visit the 2007 Annual Conference Site to find out more and register http://www.ngcoa.org/ac07.

About the NGCOA
The National Golf Course Owners Association is the leading authority on the business of golf course ownership and management. The Association represents the key decision makers with ultimate responsibility for golf courses throughout the world. Through advocacy, information resources, purchasing programs and networking opportunities, the NGCOA helps golf course owners and operators run more successful businesses.

About the Golf Industry Show
The Golf Industry Show is an innovative trade show designed for the owners/operators of golf facilities, and the professional members of the golf course and club management industries. Featuring its signature interactive solution centers, as well as the largest exhibit floor in the industry, the event combines education, networking and solutions for golf course  superintendents, owners/operators, general managers, chief operating officers, architects and builders. The Golf Industry Show is presented by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), the National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) and the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA), along with supporting organizations, the Golf Course Builders Association of America (GCBAA), the American Society of Golf Course Architects (ASGCA) and the National Golf Foundation (NGF). The 2007 event will be Feb. 22-24 in Anaheim, Calif. Visit www.golfindustryshow.com.

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