BARRIE, Ontario – The Golf Association of Ontario (GAO) and its industry partners hosted the inaugural Golf Barrie Summit on November 16th at Innisbrook Golf Course. Golf stakeholders from across Barrie and the surrounding area were invited to attend and learn about the new Golf Barrie community golf initiative. In attendance were representatives from 20 different golf courses/facilities and five industry partners, including Golf Canada’s CEO, Scott Simmons.
Golf Barrie was conceptualized in 2015 and will be launching and rolling out into the community with the goal of growing the awareness and participation of golf in 2016. The approach is based on the philosophy that golf has a role to play in community development. Golf Barrie will address our national needs to develop the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model at the grassroots level.
The Golf Barrie events team will be out in the community at 40 community events this coming winter and summer promoting the opportunity for individuals to try golf and providing them with information on where to learn and play throughout the region. The initiative will bring golf to the community with the goal of bringing the community into golf.