REGULAR 58 | NZ Golf Magazine | July 2019 NZGICUpdate THE NEW ZEALAND GOLF INDUSTRY COUNCIL HAS ONLY BEEN IN EXISTENCE FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS, BUT THEY HAVE BEEN ACTIVELY WORKING ON SEVERAL PROJECTS TO SUPPORT THEIR MANDATE OF ENCOURAGING COORDINATION AND COLLABORATION BETWEEN ORGANISATIONS IN THE NEW ZEALAND GOLF INDUSTRY. BOARD NZGM’s Editor Elizabeth Witton and Josh Longney from the NZPGA have both recently joined the board replacing Kristine Kerr (Course Designer) and Dominic Sainsbury (NZPGA) respectively. The other board members remain the same: Des Topp - Chairman (representing the Golf Managers Association), Sam Sullivan (Brittain Wynyard Ltd and representing the golf retail sector), Carl Fenton (NZ Golf Inc.), Ryan Brandeburg (Golf Tourism New Zealand) and Denise Langdon (PaRnz) represent the tourism sector and Spencer Cooper who represents the NZ Course Superintendents Association. PROJECTS & FORUMS NZGIC has had initial discussions with PwC to assist with a planned research project on the ‘Value of Golf in New Zealand’. Subject to funding, the project has a timeline of 4 months once the start button has been pressed. This is seen as a critical research project that will assist the industry across all sectors and will be included in the planned June 2020 Whole Of Golf Conference. Carl has continued work on the health benefits of golf. In March the NZPGA staged a very successful 'Innovation' themed forum prior to the 2019 NZPGA Championship at Pegasus Golf & Sports Club. They will be running a further forum on 22 July at the Cambridge Golf Club. The topic is ‘Aligning Expectations with Reality’ with Will Bowden, Manager of New Zealand Turf Management Solutions (NZTMS) leading an interactive session that will cover the resources required to maintain quality playing surfaces. NZPGA members are often the first port of call when questions arise on the condition of the course so this workshop is specifically designed to provide them with comprehensive knowledge on the financial and human resources that go into the maintenance of a course. Space is available for non NZPGA members interested in the topic– contact dominic. A survey sent to all clubs seeking information to assist the NZ Golf Course Superintendents (NZGSA) Association in their aim for all golf courses to be predator free by 2050 has been completed. While participation in the survey did not quite reach the numbers they would have liked, it has revealed that golf clubs would like to do more to improve their golf courses from a pest management point of view but are in need of advice and help to fund pest trapping. As part of its work on environemntal projects the NZGSA has included a new ‘Environmental’ section to its website. The pages are full of information to help courses become more sustainable and environmentally friendly. FUTURE Thursday 22 August NZGIC Forum and AGM, Wainui Golf Club June 2020 Whole of Golf conference FOR MORE INFORMATION Ph: 021 392007