Swan at helm of golf consultants' association

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The Golf Consultants’ Association has chosen Howard Swan, golf course architect at Swan Golf Designs, to become its chairman for the next two years.

He was appointed at the recent annual meeting and will be supported by an executive of John Ashworth, Jon Barker and Luis Desouza ... respectively consultants in the golf and leisure business; architecture and interior design and branding; and golf systems management and hospitality.

The Association, now 19 strong with a very wide variety of consultancy disciplines focusing on the golf business on a global scale and networking highly successfully in providing clients at home and abroad with professional advice across the spectrum of the needs of any project, has had a particularly successful year in 2012 and looks forward greatly to widening its membership and establishing an even more professional image in the marketplace.

There is no doubt, in these tough times for the golf industry, sound, and well reasoned advice from experienced specialists and experts with proven track records can give exceptional value to the business of any golf development as well as any existing golf facility, no matter where it might be.

Swan adds " I am privileged to have been elected to the chairmanship of the Association and look forward greatly, with my colleagues, to building on its success of giving excellent expert advice to clients in projects throughout the world.

"In this day and age we must make sure that those we serve are given the best help to maximise their returns, to do so with realistic investment levels which can realise those returns, and I have no doubt whatsoever that the members of GCA can deliver this assistance extremely well."