The three-day Pittsburgh Golf Show, the last stop on a seven-city swing, begins today at the Monroeville Convention Center -- and not a moment too soon.
With the golf season approaching fast, the show is the perfect opportunity for players to purchase any form of equipment at reduced prices, including clubs, balls, bags, grips, shoes and apparel.
"We can't go much later because you're flirting with good weather," said Joe Stegh, president of North Coast Golf Shows, which stages the event. "That will kill you as much as bad weather because [golfers] are out there playing."
Also on display among the 300 booths is information on travel destinations and golf courses in the tri-state area, most offering attractive packages.
In addition, there will be a trick-shot display by Chuck "Hit Man" Hiter and a long-drive exhibition by former national long-drive champion Brian Pavlet.
"The No. 1 reason people come time and time again is to buy and save money on great deals on golf merchandise," Stegh said. "That's always No. 1. But you also have the travel portion where people want to plan a trip."
This is the 22nd year the show has been in Monroeville, either at the convention center or the former ExpoMart. It was staged one year at the David L Lawrence Convention Center when the ExpoMart closed.
Tickets are $9 and are good for all three days. Included in the price of admission is a one-year subscription to Golf Magazine.
The show has grown so large that Stegh said all the vendor space sold out for the first time.
"We have great attendance every year and it just seems to get better and better," Stegh said.
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