We left Toronto on Monday and were thinking about the National Golf Course Owners Golf Business Conference and Trade Show we had attended the previous five days in Niagara Falls. Once again, in our opinion, it lived up to its reputation as the best annual conference by any of the NAGA Associations, with the owners and decision makers from around the country making up the roughly 300 delegates.

As we were part of the Trade Show this year, we did not have a chance to attend many of the sessions. However, we did see the closing ceremonies which did not disappoint and finally the Conference concluded with the handing over of the “torch” to the NGCOA B.C. Chapter for the 2009 Conference at the Westin Bayshore in beautiful downtown Vancouver.

One of the most interesting rumours of the week involved some discussion about the possibility, perhaps as early as next year, that the Canadian Golf Course Superintendents Association may partner with the NGCOA for a joint National Conference provided by the two Associations for the betterment of Owners, Operators and Superintendents. We also heard some discussion that the Canadian PGA may be launching their first National Conference, perhaps possibly in the next two years and perhaps in conjunction with the NGCOA and CGCSA.

Interesting thought to bring the golf industry under one blanket conference…