Colorado Golf News
2019 Denver Golf Expo Draws Large Crowds
The weather set up perfectly for the 2019 Denver Golf Expo to attract it’s largest crowd since 2012. There was snow on most of the courses in Colorado and the temperature was too cold for anyone other than full blooded Scotchmen to even consider playing a round. Held Feb. 8-10 at the Denver Merchandise Mart, close to 10,000 golf fans experienced the indoor golf experience of the year and tried out new clubs and gear, participated in contests and entered to win 150 giveaways over the course of the show, including stay-and-play vacations, golf clubs, plus apparel and gear. This year’s grand prize was a dream trip to Oregon’s Bandon Dunes Golf Resort.
“Bandon Dunes is more than a resort—it’s a ‘bucket list’ trip,” says show president Mark Cramer. “It’s a golf experience that takes you to a golfer’s paradise, a wonderful opportunity for links golf right along the Pacific Ocean. It comes close to golf in Scotland. It is a laid back golf experience with a great staff of friendly, real people that provide just the right degree of Oregon hospitality without the stuffiness of some high brow locations. Bandon Dunes has quickly become the number one golf resort in the United States because of the great golf (4 courses, great practice area, a par 3 courses and an 18 hole putting complex), it’s people, and providing an immersive golf experience for real golfers, will be remember for a lifetime for those that make the trek.”
Golf Expo attendees can complete a survey that not only gives them an entry for giveaways, but helps Cramer and company keep the show fresh and enticing from year to year. Why do people keep coming back? Cramer says, “From our survey, we know that 43 percent buy golf merchandise, 23 percent try out new-model clubs and 19 percent come to win prizes.” Attendees could also compete for prizes at daily putting contests, and improve their game with onsite mini-lessons and seminars. This year the Expo added more food and beverage choices, more lounge areas and next year will be adding musical entertainment. The idea is to create more of a festival atmosphere to enhance the golf experience being provided.
Major expo sponsors and supporters include: Lenny’s Golf, Colorado Golf Association (CGA), Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado, the Colorado Section PGA, Corona Premier and DIVOT Magazine.
Cramer is already planning next year’s expo, scheduled for Feb. 7-9, 2020. He says everything will be back, with even more activities. For more information, go to www.DenverGolfExpo.com.