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The Golf Experience - Your Way


Mission Statement

The Symposium On Affordable Golf raises awareness and understanding of the challenges of the golf industry through open discussion, exchange of ideas and highlighting successes that promote the health and sustainability of the game of golf and the business of golf.


Welcome to the Sixth Annual Symposium on Affordable Golf. This year’s SOAG will be held at the Courtyard by Marriott in Canton, Ohio, in conjunction with Tam O'Shanter Golf Course on Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th. A golf outing will follow at Tam O'Shanter Golf Course on Tuesday. For the very first time, the sixth Symposium on Affordable Golf will be held in a major metropolitan area of more than 2,000,000 people. I want to stress how important it is that the golfer is a part of our event because everything we discuss at the SOAG has a direct line to the ones we all in the industry serve the most - the golfer.


Topics this year include individual presentations as well as panel discussions and interactive group discussions. As a group, we will create our own business model for golf and learn directly from golfers as to what their true needs, wants and desires may be. We will continue to explore the meaning of affordable golf and how we all can learn from mistakes of the past and adopt ideas for the future.


As in years past, the Symposium on Affordable Golf is free to attend for everyone and is not a success unless the golfer is an integral part of our discussions. I ask attendees who have participated in our previous Symposiums to bring a few friends this year. Members of the PGA, LPGA and of the GCSAA will earn Continuing Education Credits for attending the Symposium.


Please register now to be a part of this event. Come share ideas with like-minded golfers and golf business people in an effort to make the game more affordable for some facilities yet a better experience at all facilities. The Symposium on Affordable Golf is an effort to make the game and the business of golf a better product to be enjoyed for generations to come. Once again, we would also like to thank the ASGCA and GCSAA for their continued support of the Symposium.


Thank You

Richard Mandell
Richard Mandell Golf Architecture
Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA