Friday, February 20, 2015

North Coast Golf Shows - Cleveland

Depending on who you talk to, the overnight lows in Northeast Ohio were between 10-below and 20-below. Cold! It's no wonder golfers were flocking to the Cleveland Golf Show's opening day at the IX Center.

If you're expecting a scaled-down version of Orlando's PGA Merchandise Show, you're mistaken. Whereas the major manufacturers are unveiling their latest products in Florida, Cleveland is more about planning your next golf trip. Resorts, both in-state and out-of-state, are jockeying for Ohio golfers' vacation dollar. I saw plenty of interesting destinations, but look forward to visiting and rating Lenape Heights Golf Resort in Ford City, Pa., and River Landing in Wallace, N.C., later this year.

That's not to say there aren't products to be seen in Cleveland, mind you, but giants like TaylorMade and Nike are replaced by smaller manufacturers like Ember Exotic Wood Putters and Musty Putters - both selling, you guessed it, wood putters.

There was also Roberto Alvez from PowerFX - a holographic disk that "communicates through your body's meridians to achieve harmonic, healthy and balanced body functions." Think of it as a LIVESTRONG bracelet with physical and mental benefits.

In addition to merchandise and travel, the show also features a couple fun competitions - hole-in-one and long driving - to occupy time and empty wallets.

For more information on the show, click HERE.

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