News From The NGCOA Of Canada

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Join us in Whistler!

Mark your calendar! The NGCOA Canada’s Golf Business Canada Conference and Trade Show is being held right here in BC this year! Join us November 17-19, 2016 in Whistler at the Fairmont Chateau whom is out host hotel and also the site of this year’s conference activities. We look forward to seeing everyone there for three days of educational sessions, trade show, keynote speakers, social events, and networking opportunities with your peers from across the country.

Take a Kid to the Course

The NGCOA Canada is proud to announce that Take a Kid to the Course is now available to its’ members in two formats for the 2016 season. Take a Kid to the course is entering its’ 14th season and has given 335,000 juniors an opportunity to golf for free. Member facilities that opt to be included in this program may permit a junior (age 16 or under) to play a round of golf for free when playing with an adult whom paid a green fee. Take a Kid to the course kicks off on July 4th and will run for the entire week, or new this year the facility may opt to extend this program over the golf season. Please click here for further info and to register your facility (NGCOA Canada members only), a marketing kit will be sent out to the participating courses.

Golf Datatech Retail Reporting

The NGCOA Canada has partnered with Golf Datatech to expand its research portfolio to include Retail Benchmarking Reports.

Why Participate in Golf Datatech Retail Reporting?

  • Participants know the best-selling brands in on-course golf shops for men’s and women’s shirts, tops, bottoms and outerwear
  • Information to keep you up-to-date with the top selling models of drivers, fairways hybrids, irons, putters, wedges, footwear, gloves and golf bags
  • Retail pricing information is provided in the monthly reports for apparel and hard goods. Confidence in knowing that Golf Datatech has tracked golf retail sales and reported the findings to the industry since 1996. All major manufacturers subscribe to these reports
  • All information sent to Golf Datatech is kept in extreme confidence.  Data is used only in combination of hundreds of other data files to project the entire on course market
  • Never a cost to the participants or the club to receive Golf Datatech reports. It’s FREE (exclusive to NGCOA Canada members)!

Tax Fairness for the Golf Industry

Make your voice heard!

The National Allied Golf Associations (NAGA) has been focused on ensuring our industry’s request for tax fairness is a priority for the new Government. Due to a 1971 tax reform, the Canada Revenue Agency does not allow deductions for expenses incurred by business people entertaining clients at golf courses. Canada’s 2,300 golf courses, most of whom are small business operators, cannot compete fairly with all the other industries where CRA does support entertaining clients. Over time, the unfairness of this discrimination against the golf industry has become more and more significant. The previous government had not instigated change on this matter so it is now imperative that we ensure that the new Liberal government is aware of this issue and realizes that tax fairness is necessary for our industry. To assist us in ensuring our voice is heard we are asking each facility to meet with their local MP to communicate our message and ask them to support this need for change. Click here to access our brand new grassroots advocacy kit to assist with your MP meeting, plus other key info on this important issue.

Important Property Assessment and Taxation News

The BC Chapter Advisory Board has met with Adrian Rizzo of Kent-Macpherson in Kelowna to discuss how golf courses in BC are valued for property assessment purposes. Adrian has been an affiliate member of the BC Chapter of the NGCOA Canada since 2009 and has successfully represented a number of courses in property assessment appeals.

Mr. Rizzo discussed with the Board the results of an analysis he has completed on the fairness of BC Assessment’s current valuation methodology for golf courses. His analysis suggests that BC Assessment’s present process unfairly values golf courses relative to other commercial properties and as a result golf course property taxes are higher than they should be. As a former appraiser at BC Assessment he was actively involved in golf course valuation and he is very familiar with the current process utilized by BC Assessment. He believes their current process should be changed to be more in line with how they value all other commercial properties.

Adrian also provided information on the expected tax savings individual golf courses could realize if BC Assessment changes their present valuation process. His information was based on the assessed values of a few years ago from a limited number of courses. We would like him to complete the same analysis but with current assessed values and tax rates.

Based upon the potential property tax savings for our member courses indicated by his work to-date, the Chapter Advisory Board concluded that it is in the best interest of their entire membership to pursue this issue further and decided to work with Adrian by assisting him on getting the current information he requires to provide the Board with an updated analysis.

To complete a more detailed review Adrian requires access to the Property Valuation Summary (PVS) of as many golf courses as possible. The PVS is a BC Assessment document that contains the details on how the current assessed value was determined. This document is readily available for all commercial property owners or their representative who ask for. The Board is asking its members for permission to ask BC Assessment for this document on their behalf.

We are hoping to access as many current PVS’s as possible in order to do allow Adrian to complete thorough review of the potential property tax savings for course owners if this initiative is implemented by BC Assessment. We encourage all members to participate in this important review so please send your approval for the Board to obtain the PVS for your golf course. Once Adrian has a sufficient number of PVS he will update his analysis and report back to the Board on whether this issue should be pursued further.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself or one of the Chapter Advisory Board members. You can also contact Adrian at 1-866-763-2236 for more information. In order for Adrian to commence this analysis please contact Regional Director, Erica Beck, by email (ebeck@ngcoa.ca), with your consent for Adrian Rizzo and the NGCOA Canada, BC Chapter to request the PVS document needed.

BC Legislature Golf Awareness Day A Huge Success

3rd Annual BC Legislature Golf Awareness Day

Members of the Allied Golf Association of BC invited members of the legislative assembly and their staff to the the 3rd annual Golf Awareness Day on April 28, 2015.  AGA-BC directors and industry representatives were on hand to showcase three pillars of the golf industry in British Columbia: economic benefits, environmental stewardship and health and wellness; and from all accounts, the information was very well received by everyone in attendance.

Trevor Smith - AGA-BC President. Photo: InsideGolf / Jeff Sutherland

Trevor Smith – AGA-BC President.
Photo: InsideGolf / Jeff Sutherland

“Our lobbying effort is paying dividends and we’re starting to see just how beneficial these relationships can be. Relaying messaging that our industry is a valuable part of the provincial economy, that we are good environmental stewards and that golf is a sport for life worth supporting, has been key to our success.” commented AGA-BC President, Trevor Smith

Throughout the day, the positive impact of the golf industry was shared with MLA’s and their staff. The Honorable Eric Foster (MLA for Vernon-Monashee) provided an introduction and presentation at the Legislature on the contribution of the golf industry to British Columbia early in the day. At the educational luncheon, representatives from the seven members associations including the National Golf Course Owners Association, Canadian Society of Club Managers, BC Golf Superintendents Association ,British Columbia Golf Association, the PGA of BC, Western Canadian Turfgrass Association, and the British Columbia Golf Marketing Alliance were all in attendance to showcase the variety of programs and initiatives underway within the golf industry.

Golf BC’s Andy Hedley spoke to the economic value of golf to the province delivering some very impressive numbers. “Golf is big business in BC, it employs more than 44,000 people and 43% of them are students,” said Hedley. “It contributes more than $2 billion to the BC economy and earns more than ski resorts, fitness centres, and spectator sports including the NHL. It also provides $465 million in taxes to the province.”

How Did We Score Ourselves

The Golf Industry Scorecard was presented to showcase successes (birdies) and opportunities (bogey) where the Province and industry can continue to work together.

AGA-BC- Scorecard-web-April 27, 2015

Educational programs such as the Western Canadian Turfgrass Association’s – First Green (thefirstgreen.org) were on display and well received by those in attendance. The following video produced by Kwantlen College from an event at the Vancouver Golf Club in 2014 was shown and started a number of discussions about how programs like this could be integrated into schools..

Feedback and Social Media Buzz

Photo opportunities were plentiful and many in attendance shared images and fact points about the industry.

Eric Foster & Naomi Yamamoto

Eric Foster & Naomi Yamamoto
Photo: InsideGolf / Jeff Sutherland

 

The Golf Awareness Day reaffirms that the golf industry is a valuable part of the provincial economy, that we are good environmental stewards and that golf is a sport for life worth supporting.