In the final post about this years Winnipeg Golf Expo, I will be highlighting some of the things that make this annual show so good, along with a few other tidbits.
This years show was a return to it’s old stomping grounds, Red River Exhibition Place. The last couple of show where held in conjunction with the RV show and sale at the Winnipeg Convention Center. While there were synergies created by having two shows in the same space, the real issue was evident. You’re either at the show looking at $100k+ Mercedes Benz derived motorhomes or you were there for the golf exhibitors, not both.
I still think that the concept of having multiple shows at the same time is a good idea, but the trick is finding an appropriate partner to dance with. The obvious choice would be an outdoors show, most likely to do with fishing/boating. But as for now, the show is back to being an standalone event, and the people showing up are there for only one reason, golf.
As I pointed out in my first piece about the show, this event brings everyone together all in one place. It’s one stop shopping and is a vital resource for those courses, towns and resorts that might not get noticed otherwise. From my end, it’s great being able to connect with people who are passionate about their course and the surrounding region. It was evident they weren’t there just for the trip to Winnipeg, but truly wanted to represent and show off what they all had to offer.
Besides having the courses, five OEM’s had representatives on site all with the new 2018 equipment. Titleist, Cobra, Callaway, Ping and TaylorMade came fully stocked and with ten hitting bays, everything could be tested. With the reps on hand, they were able to provide testers with in depth knowledge about the products, something that isn’t always accurate when testing at the local golf shop. Since I wasn’t able to be at this years PGA show, it was nice to see everything and compare the new products side by side.
One thing I remembered about the Red River Exhibition center was the cafe. The burgers, and accompanying fries stood out to me, just as they had last time. The food is better then a lot of the restaurants we frequent, partly because the food is made from scratch and partly because of the atmosphere.
It was also good to see a couple of local craft breweries sampling their beers. Barn Hammer Brewing and Nonsuch Brewing Company had several selections on tap and with golf on the TV’s, made for a perfect break from the show.
One can hope this event only gets bigger and better each year. With the switch to the first weekend of April, the crowds should become larger since there is usually better weather and golfers cabin fever should be at a boiling point. No better way to cure the ‘itis then being surrounded by everything golf.