It's probably unwise to gauge the health of an industry based on conventions, but the energy and vibe of such gatherings is hard to ignore.
The 2015 edition of the Golf Industry Show seemed much more upbeat, well attended and vibrant than in recent years where the post-2008 doldrums were indeniable. San Antonio's excellent convention center certainly helps keep spirits up, with its beautifully designed layout, downtown-adjacent setting and most of all because it's not the Orange County Convention Center.
In random talks with vendors, there was a consensus that spending is happening again at some golf courses, and generally with an emphasis on products that make the long term maintenance more sustainable and sensible. We captured some of the sights, sounds and views from the show. For those in attendance who missed the Morning Drive pieces or for anyone else interested, here are the Morning Drive clips.
Old Tom Morris Award winner Dan Jenkins talking about his new book, the next wave of players and how anxious he is to see Tiger play again.
Some of the more interesting products we stumbled on.
General sights and sounds from the show, including talks with supers Pat Sisk, Jon Jennings and Sean Tully.
And finally, GCSAA CEO Rhett Evans talking about the state of the industry.