The first step to getting back in the swing groove for the 2015 outdoor season begins March 7-8 during the Ottawa-Gatineau GolfExpo at the Ernst and Young Centre.
And there’s a more-the-merrier theme playing a key role this year.
“We’re are looking to draw more people to the game so we’ve increased the free admission age for juniors to 17 from 12 and the first 1,000 ladies receive a gift courtesy of the Canadian Women Golfers Inc. organization when they come by the complementary coat check area,” said Carol Ann Campbell, the show’s manager for the National Golf Course Owners Association. “There’s also the offer of a free club for the first 100 children 12-and-under on each day.”
The Ottawa-Gatineau GolfExpo will bring together more than more than 100 exhibitors in the 90,000 sq.-ft. facility. They’ll showcase tee-to-green attractions and specials from local golf courses to golf vacation destinations, free lessons, demos, contests, retail products and more.
One of the many must-visit spots will be Executive Golf’s (ClubEG) upbeat section beside the 19th Tee.
“We’ll have music playing and plenty of interactive activities happening when show-goers check out our area, which will include details about joining ClubEG, our Slammer Tour, the Ottawa Sun Scramble and GolfWorks,” said Andy Rajhathy, vice-president of ClubEG. “There’ll be booths with representatives from some of our partner courses (Casselview, Montebello, Irish Hills, Mountain Creek and Dragonfly), contests like chip-n-win and take-your-best sand trap shot and our friends at Flashpoint Photobooth will be offering complementary take home photos and souvenirs.”
Over at the GolfTown Demo Range, men and women golfers will be able to try the latest and greatest from all the top golf equipment manufacturers.
“So far, Taylor-Made, Adams, Cobra, Puma, Callaway and Ping have committed to be at the GolfTown Demo Range,” said Campbell.
New destination places coming to the expo are three courses from Michigan and there will be a larger selection of Upstate New York tracks to visit in the EY Centre.
“And our Caribbean friends from Cuba and the Dominican Republic are back, too,” Campbell said.
Here are some more attractions to discover at this year’s expo:
- Golfer’s Red Book GolfExpo Offer – Price of $30 plus HST (instead of regular $46.95 price) represents more than $17,500 in savings. Visit the Red Book booth to enter to win an all-inclusive trip with Unlimited Golf to Moon Palace in Cancun, Mexico.
- She Swings She Scores – The GolfExpo and the Golf Association of Ontario sponsor this interactive program for girls and women that shows the positives the game of golf has to offer in a fun and engaging setting.
- Competitions – Show-goers can compete at three stations in Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and Long Putt contests. There’ll be categories for men, women and children as well as new as new, intermediate and advanced players. Sponsors include Flagstick magazine, Capital Appliances and Barbecues and eQuinelle Golf Club.
- Free Instruction – The GolfExpo in co-operation with The Marshes Golf Club will provide tips for all golfers. Andrew Donaldson and Ryan Hardy from the Marshes will pass along advice and answer questions on full swing, putting, short game and selecting equipment.
- Live Auction – Show-goers can bid on awesome items, including getaways to the Bahamas, Jay Peak and Cancun. They’ll also have shot at winning equipment, green fees, spa packages and more. The Live auction happens at 2 p.m. on March 7 at the Seminar Stage.
- March 7, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- March 8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- General, $14
- Children and teens under 17, Free
- Twilight Special – Two for one admission after 3 p.m. both days
The Ernst and Young Centre has on-site paid parking. Cost is flat fee of $8 per vehicle.