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Tour pro Brad Faxon explains the new Titleist Bob Vokey wedges on Demo day at Orange County National Golf Center.


If you work in the golf industry, as a pro, as someone with a golf company, in the media or otherwise.

The PGA Merchandise Show is the “Most Wonderful time of the Year.”

Because you meet in normally sunny Florida, you see your friends and golf industry connections. But most of all it’s like teeing off on the first hole, to start another golf season.

The demo day held at the Orange County National Golf Center was back to full swing, well almost. The numbers of companies in attendance was more than last year, but not quite pre-covid numbers. Attendance was way up from last year, but not quite back to the numbers seen in 2020.

So what will it be like in the Orlando Convention Center over the next three days. That’s hard to say, but many people who did not attend last year are back. The convention center floor is expected to be much more crowded than last year.

There are companies that are making new releases of products this week, on the equipment side and in other parts of the game. The apparel side seems really ready to go, based on the number of announcements in press releases I am already receiving. The next few days should be interesting to say the least.

MONDAY I ATTENDED a press briefing at Cabot Citrus Farms in Brooksville Florida, home of the former Worldwoods Golf. The biggest change came in the form of two architects dropping out of the project, and a reshuffling of who is doing what on site.

But I will have more on that over the next few days, along with photo’s that show there have been plenty of trees removed.

SO THERE IS MORE to add about the Pinehurst 10 project, so stay clicked in for that.

OFF TO THE convention center floor. RS

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.